Anthropology (formerly known as Western American Studies)
Nelson is passionate about studying his cultural heritage.
My biggest pointer would be to just get educated. Go into whatever field you want to because education is vital for Native cultures.”
Watch the video above to hear Neslon's story.
Nelson is undecided about where his future lies, but he know he is where he is meant to be and seeks to continue to learn.
Rachel was truly won over by CWC after taking a campus tour. The Nebraska native has several scholarships that support her educational journey.
The INBRE program at CWC is wonderful. It has opened so many doors for me. ”
Watch the video above to hear Rachel's experiences at Central Wyoming College.
Rachel will continue her education in the hopes of one day becoming a doctor.
Ian is a sophomore from Pennsylvania.
I always loved the outdoors but never knew I could make a career out of it. I'm also from Pennsylvania and had never been out west before, the thought of living on a one-of-a-kind campus in the foothills of a beautiful mountain range was very alluring.”
Ian learned about CWC through the National Outdoor Leadership School website and was thinking about attending a semester at NOLS when he saw the cost of attendance he realized it was a bit out of his range. CWC was the right place and price for him. Ian enrolled in outdoor education and started his journey at the CWC Sinks Canyon Center.
Ian chose the outdoor education program because of a life-changing backpacking trip he completed in New Hampshire the summer before he came to CWC.
"Darran Wells is an awesome guy and a really influential instructor," Ian said. "The knowledge we gain from his traditional, academic style classes is pertinent to the outdoor industry today and can be applied to other parts of our lives as well. The technical skills classes, such as mountain biking, outdoor rock climbing and whitewater rafting are fun, challenging and leave you with the confidence to lead groups in these activities. Living at the Sinks Canyon Center campus is also perfect for anyone who loves to recreate in the outdoors."
After graduation, Ian will try to acquire a bike mechanic certification from Barnett Bicycle Institute and see if he can get a job teaching mountain biking or leading mountain bike trips. Going back to school to earn a bachelors degree in environmental science is also on his radar.
Geospatial Information Science & Technology
In his free time Regent likes whatever adventure he can find.
After 30 years I didn't know what kind of student id be, turns out I'm a good student and now I'm a lab assistant and a tutor”
Raised in a military family, Regent Cloutier grew up in many places. A past graduate from two colleges in California with an associate of theatre arts degree and a bachelors in environmental studies, an injury brought Cloutier back to college.
After talking with a friend who was in CWC’s geography program, Regent contacted Jacki Klancher, associate professor of environmental health to find out more about the geospatial information science and technology program.
“Reggie is an environmental scientist who returned to academic study at CWC to expand his skills, and broaden his career options in the field of GIST,” Klancher said. “Reggie demonstrates consistently exemplary personal, peer and academic leadership. Not only does he deliver high quality classroom work, but also devotes tremendous energy to his peers as a tutor and classmate. Reggie’s attitude is consistently positive and enthusiastic, his work ethic phenomenal, and his aptitude and appetite for all things related to GIST is exceptional.”
The state program, which helps pay for Regent's tuition, will hire him once he's completed his degree. Although Regent will graduate this May with an applied science degree, he plans to continue at CWC.
Harley Gonzales is a sophomore from Casper, Wyoming studying communication.
I would not want to go to any other school than this one, everyone talks to you and is super friendly and helpful.”
Gonzales started her degree path in Biology but after watching Maygen Cassity, assistant professor of communication, teach she became interested in the degree.
Gonzales likes to read, do archery and play video games in her free time. She is a student worker in the CWC mail room and was nominated by office assistant, Liz Vick.
“Harley is a great worker and one of the nicest people I have ever met,” Vick said. “She works hard in her classes and at work. She treats all the students and staff with respect and is very thoughtful. Harley is smart and talented in whatever she’s doing.”
She plans to transfer to a four year college to pursue a bachelor's degree.