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College tuition raises $6 a credit

Local revenue, drop in legislature funding causes rise in fees

Students at Wyoming community colleges will be facing a raise in tuition next academic year.

Starting with the fall semester, the cost of tuition for Wyoming residents will raise $6 per credit hour, causing tuition to raise from $83 per credit hour to $89. Additionally, the cost of tuition for out-of-state students will raise from $249 per credit hour to $267. This would mean the cost of a typical full-time semester for Wyoming students will increase from $1,572 to $1,653, while the cost for out-of-state students will increase from $3,564 to $3,789.

“The coming tuition raise is primarily a result of decreasing local revenues and the reductions in funding from the Legislature,” Laramie County Community College President Dr. Joe Schaffer said. “For most community colleges, both the local funds and the state funds will be down from previous.”

Schaffer said he thinks all of the colleges will have to make budget reductions in the next year as well.

Even with the tuition increases, Schaffer is confident that students will have solid financial assistance opportunities to make the tuition increase less of an impact.

“It will impact their budget, but I am very pleased with the level of financial assistance that LCCC students have available to them, as well as the Hathaway program,” Schaffer said. “We (the College) have also worked hard to put in place need-based financial aid programs for students who may not have the financial means to pay for college.”



Wingspan staff takes second in American Copy Editors Society Headline contest

LCCC places fourth year in a row

Laramie County Community College’s student media organization placed in the American Copy Editors Society Headline contest for the fourth year in a row.

The Wingspan staff took second place in the student publications category. LCCC is the only two-year school that has won in this competition and had never previously placed higher than third place.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Daily Tar Heel took first-place honors. LCCC beat out Baylor University’s Lariat, which placed third.

The winning selection of headlines from LCCC included “Death penalty still alive”, “Gun bill misfires on Senate floor” and “Good play beyond a shadow of a ‘Doubt’”.

The award was announced at the ACES 20th annual conference in Portland, Oregon, March 31-April 2 and the headlines will be featured in a book sponsored by The Associated Press alongside other contest winners National Public Radio, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Dallas Morning News, The Philadelphia Daily News and the New York Times.

Erica Klimt, Daniel Martinez, Shari Johnson, Jessica Dawkins and Amber Munjar served as LCCC Wingspan editors and Rosalind Schliske, Jacob Sherlock and J.L. O’Brien served as advisers for the 2015 calendar year.




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Wingspan soars at nationals

College paper takes first at American Scholastic Press Association

Laramie County Community College’s student media organization, the Wingspan, was honored for the 26th consecutive year as one of the top college student newspapers in the country.

Wingspan was awarded first place by the American Scholastic Press Association in the 2016 Scholastic Newspaper Awards among community colleges with an enrollment of 2,501 or greater for the 2015 calendar year. The award was announced in the Spring 2016 edition of the American Scholastic Journalist.

Additionally, LCCC’s student media organization was recognized for outstanding photography. LCCC was the only school in the competition recognized in this category. The award was given for the May 4, 2015, issue of Wingspan.

Erica Klimt, Jessica Dawkins, Shari Johnson, Daniel Martinez and Amber Munjar were editors and Rosalind Schliske, Jacob Sherlock and J.L. O’Brien served as advisers to the publication for the 2015 calendar year.

Master plan on track with 2011 plan

Finalized plan to come

The two new buildings on campus are going up quickly and the current master plan update is set to finalize soon. The buildings that are currently under construction on the campus are in line with the last master plan that was approved in the fall of 2011.

According to President Dr. Joe Schaffer, “the master plan is a dynamic, comprehensive planning document intended to establish a flexible framework for the continued development and growth of (Laramie County Community College).”

LCCC is required to update its campus master plan every five years per state requirements.

“The current master plan that is in progress is set to finalize in mid-July of this year,” said Vice President Rick Johnson, who is leading the update to the master plan.

Although the buildings are under the 2011 campus plan, the location and details of these buildings will be updated so that they can reflect the current 2016 plan. Currently, there is no need for additional financial resources to be allocated for additional updates.

“Backfill planning would be the only thing that may require additional funding, but it is too early yet to know,” Johnson said.


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