Posted at 1 p.m. April 25, 2017

Health Sciences building named
to honor city physicians

During an April 19 meeting, the Laramie County Community College Board of Trustees approved the naming of the Health Sciences building to honor donors to the college.

Naming of the Health Sciences building

LCCC President Dr. Joe Schaffer made a recommendation to the board to name the Health Sciences building in honor of Dr. Bob Prentice and Dr. Sandra Surbrugg as the Prentice-Surbrugg Health Sciences building.

Schaffer said both Prentice and Surbrugg were “wonderful physicians, but also community leaders and people who have supported the college in a variety of fashions in the past through their financial giving as well as through their time and efforts in other areas.”

In the LCCC Foundation’s Cornerstone Society donator list, Prentice and Surbrugg are listed under the President’s Society category. This means they’ve made donations to the college totaling anywhere from $10,000 to $24,999.

After Trustee Don Erickson made a motion to approve the naming of the building, the motion was passed unanimously.

“This gift will put us about to the completion point for the library expansion project,” Schaffer said after the approval was made. “So we’re feeling very good that come June 30, should the state tip their portion of it into an account available for that expansion, we’ll now have our funds available to match that.”

Pathways 2.0 application

Schaffer said he had submitted an application to the American Association of Community Colleges to be a part of the Pathways 2.0 project, which would “essentially bring us into the fold of a network of experts,” Schaffer said.

Schaffer said Western Wyoming Community College was selected to be part of the original Pathways project, but LCCC wasn’t ready for the application, so they didn’t apply at the time.

“So we watched as that project started taking shape, thinking, ‘That’s really the structure we need and what we want to do,’” Schaffer said.

Schaffer said Pathways 2.0 is essentially an improved version of the same original project.

“The first thing a college would have to do is basically put them (AACC) on notice that they intend to apply,” Schaffer said. “The next thing was meeting the actual deadline for the application. The next step is they have to actually say, ‘OK, institutions that applied, we want to move some of you to the next step, which is an interview process.’”

Schaffer said LCCC has been invited to move to the interview process, but a date has not been scheduled.

“Should we do well — should we fit their expectations for where we’re at as an institution, then we’d be selected and brought into the program,” Schaffer said.

Being part of the Pathways 2.0 project allows an institution to work with technical experts to improve certain aspects of the college’s operations.

“There is a cost; it’s $45,000 per year for three years,” Schaffer said. “I believe we have a plan for implementing that into the one-mill budget … In the end, and knowing what we’ve paid for consultants to help us with other things, to truly help us transform and have access to this network of experts and of research, that cost is probably one of the best things we can do to invest in the institution to help us transform the college.”

Schaffer provided a staff recommendation to the Board “basically asking you to ratify our application as a show of your support for increasing student success and a commitment to this type of work,” Schaffer said.

“I think this is an extraordinary, great opportunity…” Erickson said.

Erickson added that in the board policy, if there’s an expenditure of over $30,000, the board will have to approve a revision of that up to $60,000. Erickson made a motion to ratify the application, as well as approve the expenditure for the first year of program involvement if LCCC is indeed selected. The motion was approved unanimously.

Additional news

The search for the associate vice president of the Albany County Campus has launched.

Schaffer said there was some slight reorganization for streamlining the administrative structure at ACC.

“We have eliminated the Director of Academics position and consolidated that into the dean of Academic and Student Services, as well as the operations director,” Schaffer said.

Schaffer said he expects a quick turnaround, with priority screening going through May 8. “Then we hope to have a new AVP on by Aug. 15,” Schaffer said.

Another topic not listed on the Board agenda that Schaffer discussed was how “(Laramie County School) District 1 is starting to cope with the budget reduction issues.”

According to a Wyoming Tribune Eagle article by Kristine Galloway, LCSD1 is discontinuing the Partnership Diploma Program, which runs with LCCC.

“That’s been a contract obligation we’ve had with the district for many years,” Schaffer said. “In which, we provide an alternative venue for high school students to achieve their diploma. I believe the district has recognized that it’s been successful, but the realities of having to cut budget somewhere, and with other opportunities to support those services, they’ve opted to actually stop funding that program.”

Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs Terry Harper added, “it’s probably actually ending Sept. 15. That’s an agreement we worked out with the school district because we have current students already in the program who will need to graduate, and then there’s a few students who will still enter the program.”


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