Nov. 7, 2012, 10:32 p.m.

Need for welding sparks plans to jump-start program

The Laramie County Community College Board of Trustees and the president expressed interest in pursuing space to restart a welding program as soon as possible at its Nov. 7 study session.

The dean of the Career and Technical Education Center, Doug Cook, said the need for welding is great enough that it would be beneficial to the college to begin offering courses immediately.

LCCC president Dr. Joe Schaffer received a letter from the Cheyenne-Laramie County Corporation for Economic Growth requesting that the college resurrect the welding program to fulfill a need in Laramie County. The program was one of the first programs offered at LCCC and was housed in one of the first three original buildings on campus in now what is called the Training Center. Schaffer said one possible solution to address the demand for welding, until a Flex-Tech Building is created, would be to expand the Career and Technical Building near the parking lot. Schaffer said the cost at between $250,000–$400,000 would be a reasonable option.

Dean Cook said portable and self-contained ventilation systems are available that would meet Occupational Safety and Health Administration safety regulations and provide students with a quality learning environment for students in the program until the Flex-Tech Building was completed. Another option for introducing the welding program by next year included mobile trailers; however, Schaffer said, these trailers do not provide a quality environment for students.

Should the college opt to pursue introducing welding prior to the Flex-Tech Building, LCCC could use Gillette College’s curriculum to help jump-start the program.

In other business, Schaffer introduced special election strategies to fund the proposed Flex-Tech Building. Schaffer said he believed the college could hold the election either in 2013 in a special election or in the August primary in 2014 and still meet the deadlines to submit the project through the Capital Construction (Cap Con) process. The board will explore the issue in greater depth at its Dec. 5 study session.

Nov. 7, 2012, 10:33 p.m.

"I'm very sorry to see you go"

One of the Laramie County Community College trustees expressed his disappointment that the Board of Trustees’ chair was not re-elected. “The one disappointment I had, Mr. Chairman, is that you were not re-elected,” Dr. Kevin Kilty said. “My opinion is that you have been a terrific board chair.”

The LCCC board chair Greg Thomas was not re-elected in the 2012 general election Nov. 6 after serving eight years.

Kilty said Thomas struck the right balance of running a tight meeting that moved forward but allowed people to have their say during discussions. “I’m very sorry to see you go,” Kilty said followed by applause from his peers as well as attendees of the Nov. 7 study session.

Thomas has served on the LCCC board since 2004 and was the only incumbent not re-elected, placing fifth with 14,420 votes (14.95 percent) after newly elected trustee Don Erickson, who won 14,798 votes (15.34 percent).