Eastern Wyoming College Receives Perkins Grant
February 7, 2006
Eastern Wyoming College has been allocated $96,060.00 from the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical grant to be used for technical programs for the 2005-2006 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 and staff with registration expenses to conferences and meetings.
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 ten 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 ten scholarships that cover tuition, fees, and book support. The following students received the non-traditional grant awards: Jonathan Carr, Julene Cook, Amanda Hart, Matthew King, Sally Mason, Jacqueline Mehrens, Trinity Prado, Christopher Stratton, Nona Vanderford, and Wendy Westman. Scholarship applications are available from Terri Hauf in EWC's Financial Aid Office.
The Tech Prep grant, coordinated by Dick Fullmer, EWC Community Connections Director, helps fund the efforts of the Technology Trades Consortium. Tech Prep connects 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 Casper, Evanston, Guernsey, Hulett, Lusk, Moorcroft, Southeast, Torrington, and Wheatland. These schools used most of the money for welders and plasma cutters.
The Tech Prep grant also helps pay for various conferences including the National Tech Prep Conference that was held this past October in Orlando, FL. Dick Fullmer and Ken Crowson, Sundance Ag/Welding Instructor, were representatives from this consortium to the conference.
The Perkins funds help Eastern Wyoming College purchase needed equipment and supplies for technical programs. In addition, these funds afford professional development activities for faculty and students in these programs. Altogether EWC received over $130,000 in Perkins grants this year. For more information about any of these grants, please contact Dee Ludwig at 307.532.8221 or Dick Fullmer at 307.532.8323.