EWC Receives Perkins Grant
September 2, 2004
(Torrington, WY) Eastern Wyoming College has been allocated $72,878.00 from the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical grant to be used for technical programs for the 2004-2005 school year. This grant, which benefits Business Office Technology, Computer Networking programs, Cosmetology, Criminal Justice, Farm and Ranch Management, Machine Tooling, Veterinary Technology, and Welding, provides funds for equipment updates, program improvements, and professional development for faculty. The grant will also help students with registration expenses to conferences and occupational internship expenses.
In addition to the allocated Perkins grant, EWC receives benefits from two other Perkins grants: Tech Prep and Non-Traditional. The non-traditional grants can benefit a total of eight men or women in gender unequal fields of study, such as Computer Networking or Welding for women and Business Office Technology, Cosmetology, or Veterinary Technology for men. The non-traditional grant funds eight scholarships that cover tuition, fees, and book support. Scholarship applications are available from Terri Hauf in EWC's Financial Aid Office.
The Tech Prep grant, coordinated by EWC's Maureen Reichert, helps fund the efforts of the Technology Trades Consortium that helps connect high school classes with post-secondary programs in welding and machine tooling. This grant provides equipment and professional development opportunities for high-school programs as well as Eastern Wyoming College. Schools receiving equipment this year are Douglas, Evanston, Guernsey, Hulett, Lusk, Moorcroft, Sundance, Torrington, and Wheatland. The National Tech Prep Conference will be held in Minneapolis, MN from October 13th through the 15th. Representatives to the conference will be from Niobrara County High School in Lusk.
This year the grant will continue to support the annual Technology Day scheduled for Thursday, November 4, 2004. Technology Day helps high school students learn more about a field that they are interested in before starting college. This year the programs that are participating are: Agriculture, Business, Cosmetology, Health Professions, Veterinary Technology, and Welding.
The Perkins funds help Eastern Wyoming College purchase needed equipment and supplies for the technical programs. In addition, these funds afford professional development activities for faculty and students in these programs. For more information about any of these grants, please contact Dee Ludwig at 307.532.8221 or Maureen Reichert at 307.532.8323.