Western Wyoming Community College named to the 100 Best Online Colleges by BestColleges.com


ROCK SPRINGS – Western Wyoming Community College has been named by BestColleges.com to its 2014 list of the nation’s top 100 schools for online degree programs. The list is divided into categories for two-year and four-year institutions, and Western was ranked 23rd among the top 50 two-year programs.

The complete list can be found at http://www.bestcolleges.com/features/top-online-schools/.

In its summary of Western’s online offerings, the nationally recognized website referenced the College’s 17 web-based educational programs, including: an Associate of Arts degree with emphases in criminal justice, general studies, social science, social work, or sociology; an Associate of Science degree with emphases in accounting, business administration, computer information systems, marketing, and general studies; an Associate of Applied Science degree in Office Information Systems; and six
professional certificates requiring commitments of anywhere from 15 hours to one year.

BestColleges.com’s rankings were based on the latest information provided by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and College Navigator databases, both of which are maintained by the National Center for Education Statistics. Specific data used to establish rankings included schools’ acceptance and retention rates,and graduation and enrollment rates.

WWCC Distance Learning Director Nancy Johnson said that Western’s strong ranking for online education programs reflects the College’s commitment to providing quality, accessible degree options to residents who live throughout Western’s extended service area in southwestern Wyoming.

“Online classes are one vital component of outreach education at Western Wyoming Community College, and we certainly encourage students from beyond Wyoming to take advantage of the affordable tuition for these quality programs, as well,” Johnson said. “We also offer many live courses at our outreach sites throughout the region, and we have staff at those locations who can provide advising, registration assistance, and other services to students from those areas who wish to complete a certificate or degree.”

Johnson noted that students from outreach sites, including students whose programs are entirely online, may also qualify for Western’s 16 to Succeed program, in which students who commit to pursue a full-time or part-time track, and who complete their degree by the specified date, can receive an award of $1,000 upon graduation. The program applies to associate degrees but not to certificate programs, and some restrictions do apply.

For more information about 16 to Succeed, go to http://www.wwcc.wy.edu/engagement/16tosucceed.htm.

Western’s Outreach Centers include locations in: Afton/Star Valley; Big Piney; Bridger Valley; Cokeville; Evanston; Farson; Medicine Bow/Elk Mountain; Kemmerer; Little Snake River Valley; Pinedale; Rawlins; and Saratoga/Encampment. For more information about Distance Learning at Western, go to http://www.wwcc.wy.edu/Dist_ed/outreach.htm.

Meet Our Teachers: Ariel Calmes

008Bonjour, je m’appelle Ariel Calmes, et je suis Francophile! As a high school student, I was lucky enough to be chosen as a foreign exchange student through the Evanston Rotary Club.  My host country? Belgium! I had a classroom background in French, but was nowhere near conversational when I arrived.  However, the Belgians are a wonderful people, and during my one year stay in their country, they taught me to speak French.  After returning to Wyoming I sought a Bachelor of Arts degree of French, which I received in 2008 from the University of Wyoming.  During my undergraduate studies I traveled in Japan, and there found my French language skills helpful.  Many Japanese study and speak English, however equally as many spoke French.  I found common ground with the Japanese in our common second language, and speaking French with the Japanese people took the pressure off everyone.  Neither of us had to try to speak the other person’s native language well.  I never imagined that my time in Japan would be enhanced by speaking French. After graduating from the University of Wyoming I received a Juris Doctor from the University of Utah, and currently work as an attorney at the Harris Law Office in Evanston.  I may work as an attorney, but I still have a passion for French.  I teach French 1010 and French 1020 at the Western Wyoming Community College Evanston Outreach Center, and I hope that you will consider taking French, either to fulfill your foreign language requirements as part of a degree program, or simply to enrich your life and improve your international travel experience. So, should you take French with WWCC? Do you……

1. Use the internet? French is the third most used language on the internet after English (first) and German (second).

2. Have an interest in foreign affairs or international sporting events? French is the official language of The United Nations, NATO, UNESCO, The International Red Cross, the International Olympic Committee, International Courts (including the HAGUE) and the European Union.

3. Seek educational opportunities? Fluency in French may qualify you for French government scholarships to pursue higher education in France or qualify you to seek internationally recognized French degrees and education.

4. Like to talk with others and make new friends? Over 200 million people on five continents speak French. Even if a native French speaker speaks English, he or she is more likely to bond with you if you speak at least some French, and speak it well. Many people also speak French as a second language, but do not speak English, or are not comfortable conversing with you in your native language.

5. Want to learn a skill that is useful everywhere? French and English are the only languages that are taught in every country in the world (and you already speak English!) and French is the ninth most-spoken language in the world

6. Want to work abroad? France has the world’s fifth biggest economy, and French speakers have job opportunities not only in France, but also in other French-speaking parts of the world, including Quebec, Switzerland, Belgium, and North and sub-Saharan Africa.

7. Like to travel? France is number one tourist destination in the world, with more than 70 million visitors annually, and there’s more to see than just Paris! Go to the Cote d’Azur, the French Alps, the beaches of Normandy, or the coastline of Brittany.  Additionally, French will help you when traveling to Quebec, Switzerland, Belgium, the Seychelles islands, Tahiti, Monaco/Luxembourg, French Guiana, Vietnam, Guadalupe, Martinique, and many countries in North and Sub-Saharan Africa (including the gorgeous Tunisia).

8. Enjoy baked goods? Make some Kouign-Amann using an original French-language recipe. It’s delicious.

9. Understand your native language better? About 50% of the vocabulary of the English language derives from French.

10. Want to learn other languages? French is a gateway language to other romance languages, like Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and Romanian. (All statistics courtesy of the French Consulate General; http://www.consulfrance-houston.org).

Meet Our Teachers: Holly Horton

001My name is Holly Horton, and I am the Evanston Outreach geology instructor for Western.  I have a BS in geology from MIT and an MS in geophysics from Stanford.  I have been teaching geology for Western since the fall semester of 2009, both online and in the classroom, and I also teach Math Lab for Western here in Evanston.  I plan to teach a classroom version of my geology course here in Evanston in the Fall2014 semester.

I have worked for various companies that are active in the mining and petroleum industries for over 30 years, and I have a broad and varied experience with geology.  I was transferred to Evanston by Chevron in 1992 as a geophysicist, and I retired from Chevron in 2002.    I am currently working as a geophysical consultant for an energy company in Salt Lake City, in addition to my teaching responsibilities.

Teaching geology and math is, for me, a way to give back to the community in which I live and work.  I greatly enjoy teaching geology, and I can promise you that when you have completed my geology course you will look at the physical world around you with a new viewpoint and greater appreciation.

Geology is a dynamic science, and we see it in action every single day.  Whenever we read about a volcano erupting, a tsunami occurring, or a rockslide destroying homes, we are experiencing geology.  In this geology course you will learn how the four major physical systems of the Earth (atmosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere and biosphere) intricately interact with each other through geological processes, and why these processes occur and can sometimes result in disasters.

We are all curious creatures and we want to learn.  This is an opportunity to learn about a fun and interesting science that most people don’t understand.  We see geology in action every day, but most people don’t know why geological processes occur.

This course is not about lectures.  Instead, as a group, we will extensively discuss geology and geologic processes.  You will also learn through lab work how scientists study the Earth.  And I plan to include a local geology field trip.

In this course you will:

  • Learn what science is and how we use science to learn about the world around us – (Why do geologists think that the Earth is 4.6 billion years old?)
  • Learn to interpret landscapes and other aspects of the world that surrounds you – (Why did that landslide in Jackson cut that house in half? Could that have been avoided?)
  • Learn and apply important geologic concepts – (Do the continents really move around on the Earth? How does that happen?)
  • Understand the relevance of geology to your life – (Is that house that I want to buy located in a risky setting?)
  • Learn to use the new knowledge, skills and ways of thinking to become a more informed citizen – (So that’s why that earthquake caused a tsunami.  I understand now because I took a geology course at Western).

So if you have ever been interested in learning and understanding more about the physical world that you see around you and that you frequently hear about in the news, take my geology course.  I hope to see you all this fall.

Community Spotlight: Kelly D’Atri & Jace McMurray

Kelly D’Atri and Jace McMurray just finished the B.O. O. S. T. program at the Uinta B.O.C.E.S. #1 Education Center. They both earned their Wyoming High School Equivalency Certificate, and are both candidates for the National Honor Society because of their test scores. They both earned high enough scores to also qualify for the highest Hathaway Scholarship. They took the Wyoming Work Keys assessment and received gold certificates, which lets future employers know they are proficient in reading, math, and locating information on a computer. Kelly has already signed up for classes at Western Wyoming College starting in Jan. 2014, and Jace intends to sign up soon.

Jace left high school during his sophomore year because of attendance problems, due to illness. He decided to attend the B.O.O.S.T. program for several reasons. He wanted to earn his equivalency certificate so he could start college, but he was also interested in some of the life and job skills offered. Kelly dropped out of high school in her sophomore year. Two years later, in Sept, 2013, she realized she wanted to go to college, but needed her G.E.D. first. She joined the B.O.O.S.T. program because she wanted to review the core subjects before testing.

Both students have received certifications for CPR, AHA, Defensive Driving, Cent$ible Nutrition, and Essentials of Leadership. They both received résumé and other job skill training from Wyoming Workforce Services, who, along with the Uinta County Human Services, sponsors the B.O.O.S.T. program.

Kelly and Jace both said they are grateful for the B.O.O.S.T. program, and for the chance to get started on the path toward their career goals.


2014 Geriatric Health Internet Series for Health Care Professionals

Uinta B.O.C.E.S. #1 Education Center is proud to host the 2014 Geriatric Health Internet Series for Health Care Professionals January 7 – March 11, 2014.  The series will be held every Tuesday from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm.

Please click on the link below for more information:

Health Internet Series

To register, please contact Uinta B.O.C.E.S. #1 Education Center at 307-789-5742.

We hope to see you there!

Registration is Now Open for Spring 2014 Classes

Registration is now open for spring 2014 classes at WWCC, UW, or USU. Spring classes start January 13, 2014.  Hurry in to the Uinta B.O.C.E.S. #1 Education Center to meet with Al Calmes and the WWCC staff or get online to register for classes at UW or USU.

Remember, if you need help filling out your FAFSA form for financial aid, contact Bonnie Straw at the Education Center.

Don’t put off your dream of going to college. You can start now, right here in Evanston, with the help of all of the resources at the Uinta B.O.C.E.S. #1 Education Center.

Call 307-789-5742, or stop in today at 1013 W. Cheyenne Drive.

It is time to start pursuing your dream!