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LCCC has recently submitted a facilities plan
for the college.

What are you views on the plan?
What concerns do you have about the plan?

What you would alter either to add or subtract from the current plan?

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Don Erickson

Don Erickson

The facilities plan “Building Forward” reflects planning for LCCC during the next decades. It is ambitious but achievable. Financing the planning initiatives is a huge challenge. Also, flexibility is a must because the best planning usually needs tweaking as plans turn into actions. Because I wasn’t part of the strategic planning discussions to implement the master plan, I can’t speak to how priorities were established or their sequencing. I do believe, however, the master plan is responsive to growing and ever-changing training and education needs of Cheyenne and Laramie County. President Schaffer has invited the candidates to an orientation in early October at which time I will learn more about the master and strategic plans and formulate recommendations that might be useful.

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Misty Heil

Misty Heil

The facilities plan is a proposed timeline for the implementation of improvements to the college proposed in the master plan. I do not necessarily agree with the specific prioritization of certain projects, but I realize there is a multitude of factors and opinions at work here and the facilities plan is nonetheless on a clear plan to push forward and expand programs, services and facilities to better serve students. The plan reflects the consensus of LCCC constituents of the needs of the campus and the institution. The new Fine and Performing Arts Building is one many people saw as a priority, and I think it is a huge step to see that because of this emphasis it made it on this first round of projects. In addition, the Residence Halls are in high demand. Many students end up on waiting lists for housing. The proposed housing will give all nontraditional students with families the opportunity to live on campus as well and to increase involvement and integration with campus life and activities. Something I would like reiterated is efficient utilization of existing spaces; build up not out. New buildings should be built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards and should incorporate affordable green and passive energy technology.

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Christine Lummis

Christine Lummis

My view on the recently submitted facilities plans for LCCC is that recently I’ve seen it, and I believe the framers did their research and homework. They have addressed current college needs aggressively. Good!

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Ed Mosher

Ed Mosher

The board draft facilities plan “Building Forward” 2012-2020 is a tool the college will use as a guide. The board with input from the community has already made adjustments to the original planning documents and will continue to do so as we use this to guide help us in building for LCCC’s future. The needs of today and tomorrow’s students should guide the changes we make as we move forward. I am pleased we are moving to phase II planning with the LCCC/UW student center as this will satisfy long-standing needs for student instructional space and other space for student services to facilitate our students accessing UW courses/programs. As phase II progresses, the plan will be adjusted to fit our goals for meeting students’ needs. My preference for the future would be to provide space for instruction related to the fine and performing arts, which includes space for performance. I would like to see a design that has the capability to support varied instructional programs. This multipurpose design would give us flexibility to meet changing program needs. We need something that can be used by the community much as the arena has been widely used by various community members. The facilities plan is a “clay” model, which will change to meet student instructional and instructional support needs.
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Dave Shaul

Dave Shaul

I think the “Flex Tech” building is needed. It should include a commitment to distance/online learning, which could perhaps address some of the satellite campus issues (by offering course work at a fraction of the cost of new construction and building maintenance).  There is an identifiable “continuation” problem at LCCC, meaning the number of students who attend for two years and get a degree or certificate. This issue should be examined with data for comparable community colleges looking at parent status, work hours a week (and when they are worked), and distance from physical campus as factors influencing student needs and performance. At the same time, real data should be solicited from the LCCC service community itself about the purpose of LCCC (i.e., what percentage of various categories of students expects to complete a degree/certificate and how many look to LCCC as a convenient education provider).  This information would help address fiscal spending on new buildings. Another example is if there is a continuation issue, then why are two new dorms needed (if there aren’t enough students now to fill them)? There is still a question about why Laramie County is paying for a campus in Albany County. Could distance/online learning address the educational needs of the Albany County Campus and cost less than new building? Shouldn’t Albany County provide funding (perhaps all funding) for new building on that campus?

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Greg Thomas

Greg Thomas

I am one of the creators of the plan, so I am extremely enthusiastic about it. I think it is ambitious, attainable and addresses critical current and future space and facility needs in Cheyenne and Laramie. I am not concerned about the plan but know it will take a great amount of effort and support from the college and community to be successful. My plan is to lead the charge, especially in the initial stages of the plan.


Editor's note:

The Wingspan staff asked each of the candidates for Lramie County Community College trustees five questios about who they are, why they are running for the board and what they think about the key issues. Read their responses and get to know the candidates in this special section.

Bill Dubois did not respond to the questionnaire.


The questions are:

Give us some brief biographical information.

What influenced your decision to run for the Laramie County Community College Board of Trustees?

LCCC has recently submitted a facilities plan for the college. What are you views on the plan? What concerns do you have about the plan? What you would alter either to add or subtract from the current plan?

LCCC has a master plan and a strategic plan. What do you like about both plans and what would change, if anything, that would enhance both plans?

What role should a trustee play in a comprehensive community college?