Sunday, November 22, 2015

Some Wyoming community colleges brace for bust - Heather Richards, Community College Tribune

A student reads on the third floor of the new College Student Union/University of Wyoming at Casper building in Casper. School officials at Central Wyoming College anticipate a $3.6 million shortfall over the next two years after local and state officials project diminished revenue from oil and gas. The college’s administration instituted a temporary hiring freeze last week, and formed a team of eight to 10 college employees to make cost-saving recommendations, said college spokeswoman Lori Ridgway. The anticipated shortfall was based on estimates from the state’s Joint Appropriations Interim Committee and the Consensus Revenue Estimating Group report. “At best, these are projections,” Ridgway said in an email. “But Central Wyoming wants to be prepared as well as we can. We always plan for a "worst-case scenario" so as not to compromise our core mission of student completion/success.”

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