Nursing, welding students secure jobs at high rate

TORRINGTON – Dr. Lesley Travers, president of Eastern Wyoming College, conversed with a small group during her regular monthly roundtable event on Thursday in the Career and Technical Education Center.

Travers reported 12 recent nursing program graduates all received job offers. In addition, welding lab coordinator and instructor Stan Nicolls announced his program placed between 20 and 25, or upwards of 90 percent, of its graduates.

“We had more jobs available than we had students,” Nicolls said, explaining entry-level welding positions in the area start at $12,000 to $15,000 a year vs. potentially $42,000 at a mine. “(After a probationary period) the average our students are going to make is anywhere from $60,000 to $90,000 (a year).”

Travers stated she has kept busy following the college’s strategic plan, and working to meet timelines and deadlines.

The college recently transferred Interim Associate Vice President of Academic Services and psychology/sociology instructor Heidi Edmunds to Dean of Instruction.

“We are going to a one-dean model for evaluation,” Travers said. “We will still have department heads appointed for two years (and) program directors … so, not really major changes.”

EWC continues to secure funding for its Agricultural Technology Education Center. 

“We hope to get that back on track and start this fall on that building,” Travers said.

She also expressed a desire to begin a nursing program at EWC in the fall of 2019, but said her main focus remains on ATEC and growing current programs.

“When you look at our flagship programs … some of those as they grow, only so many students can (enroll),” Traver said. “We really have to look at adding instructors and adding times, and probably being pretty creative in how we offer those.”

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