The mission of the Western Wyoming Community College Honors Program is to challenge students by encouraging creative learning communities, providing opportunities for intellectual and personal growth,
engaging students in active-learning experiences, and fostering a fuller appreciation for a variety of fields of study. Through discussion-based honors courses, educational field trips, service-learning
projects and other activities, students are invited to think globally and creatively about a wide range of issues. On an interpersonal note, they also have the opportunity to form friendships with a diverse
group of individuals who share their commitment to learning.
Honors Courses: Adventures in Learning:
The Honors Program offers four to six honors courses on a wide range of topics each semester. These courses bring together talented students from many different majors. Taught by some of Western's best
faculty, they offer interactive and innovative learning experiences. Often, they include field trips at college expense.
Honors courses are open to:
new freshmen with a 25 ACT, or 1700 ACT, or a 3.5 high school GPA
students with a cumulative 3.25 GPA in 12 or more hours of college-level coursework
anyone with a genuine interest in the subject matter who obtains instructor permission
Honors courses may be taken for a letter grade, for pass-fail, or as audit.
Benefits of Honors Program Participation:
Students engaged in Honors Program courses and program activities have the opportunity to:
Participate in Field Trips and Academic Conference: Students in recent semesters have attended the theater and symphony on the annual week-end long excursion to Denver, panned for gold in South Pass City,
conducted a Social Science experiment about racial stereotyping in the malls of Salt Lake City, and visited the world-renowned Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, on trips largely paid for by the Honors
Top Honors Program students may also be invited to attend regional or national academic conventions, where they mingle with and learn from other students and professionals in their fields of
interest and, often, present their own work. These trips, too, are partially funded by the Honors Program.
Engage in Community Service Activities: Honors Program students participate in a variety of service activities, often in collaboration with other campus or community organizations, to raise awareness and
money for charitable causes or simply to lend a helping hand. In recent years, their efforts have benefited the Food Bank of Sweetwater County, Cowboys Against Cancer, YWCA Support and Safe House, Boys and
Girls Club of Rock Springs, the Sweetwater County Library Endowment, and numerous other causes.
Earn the Honors Stipend: Students who have taken honors courses in both semesters of an Academic Year, maintained a minimum GPA of 3.25 twelve or
more hours of college-level coursework, and participated in Honors Program community services activities are awarded an Honors Stipend of up to $500 in the
spring semester, so long as they are deemed eligible by the college's Financial Aid office. This stipend is renewable for one year.
Be a WWCC Honors Program Graduate: Students who complete a minimum of twelve credits of honors courses with a grade of C or better (including at
least six at Western Wyoming Community College), who participate in Honors Program community service activities, and who have an overall GPA of 3.25 or
above will be recognized at graduation and on their official transcripts as WWCC Honors Program graduates.
Be Recognized and Rewarded at Transfer Institutions: Graduates of the WWCC Honors Program are typically welcomed, upon application, into the honors programs at the University of Wyoming, Weber State
University, Utah State University, and numerous other colleges. Honors scholarships are sometimes available at these schools for WWCC Program graduates. In addition, colleges and universities throughout the
nation recognize the Honors Program designation on a studentís transcript as a sign of exceptional work.
In short, the Honors Program at Western Wyoming Community College strives to bring added value to the cultural, academic, and personal experiences of students and others in the college community and beyond.
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