Central Wyoming College announced on Friday afternoon in a news release that a new opportunity has arisen for CWC to purchase two acres of land located south of High School Road. This larger site provides more space to build a center capable of meeting community needs with adequate parking, is close to public transportation, and will enable opportunities for further collaboration with the school district.
CWC plans to sell the property previously purchased and use those funds to buy the new site, therefore keeping SPET dollars in use for the same purpose as designated by taxpayers.
The two in-town lots previously purchased were within a private subdivision off Veronica Lane. This plan would have required a rezone from Commercial Residential-3 (CR-3) to Public/Semi-Public (P/SP). The Homeowners Association for the subdivision had concerns about the proposed size of the facility (two-story 17,358 square feet), parking for faculty and students, and the burden on the infrastructure there, particularly water/sewer and utilities.
The proposed Jackson Center would provide education to 200 additional degree-seeking students, doubling nursing enrollment and tripling enrollment in the culinary, hospitality and medical programs as well as providing much-needed space for the College’s collaborative work with Silicon Couloir on the Start-Up Intensive. The new space will also enable up to 125 students to intern with local and regional businesses; the expansion of English as a Second Language programs, High School Equivalency, tutoring and counseling services; and stronger collaboration to provide services in partnership with Teton Literacy Center, St. John’s Hospital, One 22 and many other businesses, nonprofit organizations and education providers.
More information about CWC Jackson can be found here: https://www.cwc.edu/jackson/
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