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The primary goal for Central Wyoming College's response to the COVID-19 pandemic is to
continue the institution’s vital mission of education while protecting the health of students,
staff and the public. CWC’s plans will also be aligned and consistent with local orders and
guidelines from the State of Wyoming, Fremont and Teton Counties, and the Wind River
Indian Reservation.

CWC’s plans will also follow recommendations from the federal government (Opening
Guidelines) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Our knowledge and understanding of the COVID-19 virus continues to evolve, and our
policies and plans will be updated as appropriate and as more information becomes available.

A printable version of CWC's Reopening Plan is available at the following link, CWC Reopening Plan, Building a Stronger, Safer CWC.

Reopening Plan

Coronavirus Updates and Resources

Daily Wellness Screening for Visitors

Beginning June 23, 2020, all visitors to campus are required to fill out a Daily Wellness Screening Form located at the following link

Daily Wellness Screening - Visitors Form

as CWC Employees are required to complete when they come to campus each day. This health screening will assist with early risk identification and mitigation. This will help our staff, community, and students prevent community spread of the virus, and, if the unfortunate happens and someone tests positive for COVID-19, we will be able to quickly assist with contact tracing with this process in place.

Central Wyoming College continues to closely monitor developments in the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The college’s multi-disciplinary Emergency Response Team is meeting regularly to assess the situation and plan for impacts to our campus community. Please know that our top priority is the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff.

As this is a very dynamic situation, CWC will post updates, chronologically in descending order, to any college operations under the Action Plan - Updates accordion below. Additional information and resources are added below.

If you have additional concerns about COVID-19 or our campus response, direct them to or 307-855-2143 or or 307-855-2186.  

Action Plan - Updates 


CWC Cancels All Public Events for May and June 

[May 4, 2020] CWC is working closely with the Fremont County Public Health Officer, Dr. Brian Gee, to support the implementation of Wyoming’s Transition Plan in response to COVID-19.

As Fremont County has seen some of the highest numbers of incidents in the state, CWC Administrators have determined that it would not serve Governor Gordon’s guiding principle of public safety to host events at campus facilities in May and June.  Maintaining social distancing protocols is essential and the transition must be a slow and deliberate process. 

“We are very sorry for this inconvenience and the disappointment this will cause for our patrons, however, we feel it is important for us to make this decision for the greater health of our community and its citizens,” Lori Ridgway, Director of Public Relations said.




Classes for First Summer Session to be Delivered by Remote Instruction

[April 17, 2020] Vice President Kathy Wells announced that courses for the first summer session scheduled for May 26, 2020 - June 26, 2020, will be delivered by remote instruction due to the COVID-19 situation. Any classes that span both sessions will continue remote instruction through the second summer session, even if in-person activities are allowed before the end of the summer session. If this does occur, faculty will build in optional in-person activities as appropriate. 

If there are any questions regarding registration for courses, please contact Rustler Central at 855-2115 or visit our Admissions page.


Fremont County Public Health Update for Business   

[April 14, 2020] Dr. Brian Gee, Fremont County Public Health Officer, issued the attached on April 13, 2020, with recommendations to adopt all CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. These guidelines are outlined in the linked document above and are recommended and supported by Central Wyoming College to protect the citizens of Fremont County. In addition, Dr. Gee has provided information for the attached Public Mask Use (newly recommended by the Center for Disease Control.)


Wyoming Department of Health Recommendation

[April 6, 2020] The Wyoming Department of Health has supported a recommendation from the CDC to wear cloth face coverings if you need to go out in the community in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19. This is not a replacement for social distancing. CWC is supporting this recommendation of the Governor of Wyoming. CWC employees who are working on the CWC campus and are unable to maintain social distancing are recommended to wear cloth face coverings as recommended by the Wyoming Department of Health. Please click on the link for additional recommendations.


Virtual Campus Dates Extended - Exception Requestion Withdrawn

[April 3, 2020] In consideration of Governor Gordon’s press conference held at 3 pm on April 3, 2020, in which he urged Wyoming residents to stay at home, maintain social distancing, limit trips to the grocery store, to not gather in groups larger than ten people, and practice recommended hygiene in order to slow the spread of the COVID19 disease and lessen the burden on our healthcare system, Central Wyoming College has made the following decisions with regard to its operations:

Employees: CWC employees will remain working remotely, in accordance with the Governor’s order until at least April 30, 2020, operating CWC’s virtual campus functions. The few essential campus services that require employees to come to campus will follow all COVID19 health recommendations and will adhere to protocols listed in the employee Internal Operations Form.

Students: All students who are attending courses virtually will continue to do so through the completion of the spring semester. In consultation with the Fremont County Public Health Officer, CWC has withdrawn the exception request for a limited number of students to receive instruction on campus. Students have been contacted by Vice President Cory Daly with this information and will be contacted by their instructors with further options.

Public Access to Campuses:  All College Campuses will remain Closed to PUBLIC EVENTS (Main Campus-Riverton and Equine Center, Lander Center and ASI, Jackson Center, and Dubois Center) through Sunday, May 10, 2020.  Examples of public events canceled include Rotary lunch, commencement, nurse’s pinning, Jackson commencement, public access to the library and all other college facilities, etc.


Central Wyoming College Exception Request

[April 2, 2020] As is noted in the post from March 27, 2020, below, for those few students who have courses that cannot be completed remotely, CWC submitted an exception request to Public Health Officials dated March 29, 2020, outlining the Emergency Response Team procedures thus far and a plan to provide on-campus instruction for limited in-person coursework delivery related to specific areas of study. This request was reviewed by the State of Wyoming Health Officer, and approval was granted by the Fremont County Public Health Officer on April 2, 2020.

All required on-site activities will be structured so that social distancing protocols will be followed at all times (please see Central Wyoming College Exception Request details), and students will be scheduled to complete course assignments in a staggered fashion.

CWC has outlined multiple interventions (please see Central Wyoming College Exception Request details) including but not limited to the cleanliness of facilities, social distancing protocols, and training of faculty and students in COVID19 health and hygiene protocols. The Vice President of Academics will be monitoring strict adherence to these procedures.

Most importantly, no student will be forced to choose this option to complete their course of study. At CWC, every student is an individual, and each student’s specific circumstances will be considered on an individual basis. We are providing this opportunity as an additional option for courses that require specific software or equipment students may not have access to in order to complete the requirements of a course. If this is not the option the student chooses, they should contact their instructor or the VP of Student Affairs, Cory Daly at 307.855.2186 to discuss additional alternatives.


Governor Gordon Extends School and Business Closures Through April 17

[March 27, 2020] Governor Gordon made an announcement this afternoon that extended school and business closures in the state of Wyoming through April 17. In accordance with this decision, Central Wyoming College facilities in all locations will remain closed and operating virtually until that time. Employees will continue to work remotely and faculty who have successfully transitioned courses online will proceed as planned, beginning their remote instruction March 30. 

There are exceptions and individual student situations that will be considered on an individual basis, and we are working to attend to those situations immediately. The administration is making an effort to refrain from making a "one size fits all" decision for our students. We will take time to ensure that we are utilizing every innovation possible to deliver effective instruction to those students in unique situations. Please see the post above dated April 2. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through these adjustments in the schedule.


Academic Course Information - Distance Delivery Beginning March 30

[March 19, 2020] Governor Gordon issued a statewide mandate to close many businesses and organizations across the state through April 3 to prevent the spread of COVID-19. CWC will resume classes as planned on March 30, 2020, but to comply with this order all classes will be online the week of March 30-April 3. Students should watch their CWC email for instructions from faculty. 

If students do not have a computer or internet access, they should contact their instructors and let them know. Phone numbers are listed in our online directory or on the course syllabus. Instructors will work with students on plans to be successful. Students' grades will not suffer if they are not able to participate online March 30-April 6. If nothing changes between now and then, CWC plans to open on a very limited basis for computer use by appointment on April 6. Details will be provided once this plan is confirmed. 

Each student's success coach will help them navigate the upcoming weeks. Keep in close contact with them. If you do not know who your success coach is, contact Cory Daly at

Students: Aside from computer access and learning in a very different mode, this crisis is challenging many of us in unexpected ways. We have licensed counselors available to talk through stress in confidence and help you with tools to approach each new hurdle with greater perspective and strength. Call 855-2011 or 855-2175. VP Cory Daly.


We understand that this situation is causing anxiety for many people. Our counseling team is a great resource for support and assistance. 

If you have additional concerns about COVID-19 or our campus response, direct them to Lori Ridgway:

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Reporting

[May 8, 2020] As a HEERF participating institution, the following information is provided by Central Wyoming College in accordance with reporting requirements listed at  Federal Student Aid  

An acknowledgment that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

CWC signed and submitted through to the U.S. Department of Education the agreement documents certifying that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

CWC received $289,469 to distribute as emergency grants to students.

The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter).

$46,011 (as of May 7, 2020)
$54,788.51 (as of June 7, 2020)
$55,088.51 (as of July 7, 2020)

The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.


The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

55 (as of May 7, 2020)
62 (as of June 7, 2020)
63 (as of July 7, 2020) 

The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

CWC created an application for students to request CARES Act aid. It was distributed to students deemed likely to be eligible according to U.S. Department of Education guidance. In addition to name, student ID, and contact information, the form asks students to confirm their need is related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19 (technology, transportation, internet, etc.). Applicants provide a brief description of their circumstances and details about their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. All requests from eligible students for funding to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations are approved until funding is exhausted. 

Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

None beyond the application, which clarifies that it is "for access to CARES Act federal stimulus funding, which has been made available to help college students with costs directly related to the disruption of college operations;" that the funding will be distributed through the same channels as federal financial aid; and that to be eligible for these funds, students must be currently enrolled, eligible for Title IV federal financial aid, and have been in at least one face to face class before Spring Break.