By Jeff Rebitski, Staff Writer

The Central Wyoming College Board of Trustees on Wednesday learned that annual recruiting efforts are up and the numbers are showing improvement according to recent data. The enrollment numbers are up at least nine percent over last year.

The meeting began with an executive session, during which trustees privately discussed an issue as they’d planned at their last regular meeting. Following the brief session, the board received updates from faculty. The faculty association, led by Amy Medura, who was recently given the honor of “Innovative Educator of the Year,” reported on the efforts being made by her department, culinary arts, in Jackson with the new mobile kitchen/food sciences lab.

The progress in Jackson is still moving forward, albeit slow. The college is working with the municipality to secure the correct zoning, water and sewage for the campus that with any luck, will break ground in spring 2024 according to Willie Noseep, vice president of Administrative Services.

The new and shorter name for the new agriculture and equine center that has long been debated as too long of a name, has now officially been changed with a unanimous vote by the CWC Board of Trustees. The complex will now and until further notice be called “The Rustler Agriculture and Equine Complex.” With a throwback to the “Rustler” name, College President Brad Tyndall suggested that this new name will harken back to the days of the Wild West, making a connection to the old ways.

Tyndall noted that the arenas, classrooms and other specific areas within the complex will be named later by public suggestions.

Board Chairman Craig Tolman recognized that there are now more females enrolled at CWC than males and he felt that it was a positive thing.

The entire board of trustees joined in recognizing and celebrating the Central Wyoming College Student of the Year, Myriah Deckard, a nursing student at CWC who used her own struggles to push her forward into a career where she can help others. The selection process was arduous and as the selection group was whittled down, Deckard remained as the one student who most exemplified the characteristics of a dedicated and driven Central Wyoming College student. With the title comes some benefits, but she takes the most pride in knowing that she is helping other students to achieve their goals. Check out the story on the front page today about Deckard.