There are unique opportunities at Western for anyone with a desire to work in a technical or industrial field. Western offers degrees and certificates in 11 different industrial areas of study, including automotive, diesel, electrical and instrumentation, industrial maintenance, mining maintenance, natural gas compression, oil and gas, plant operations, power sports, and welding, as well as a commercial driver’s license (CDL) course. Each of these programs feature the latest technology and techniques that provide students the hands-on training with the actual equipment used in each industry. Automotive students can test vehicles on a chassis dynamometer, while gas compression students build their skills on a working compressor, and oil and gas students work on the only fully simulated well site at any college in the U.S. Two of our programs – Plant Operations and Industrial Maintenance – were developed in coordination with industry partners to meet specific needs and are the only programs of their kind in Wyoming.
These degrees and certificates have been designed to fit the schedules of full-time, part-time, and working students through flexible entry classes and day and evening lab hours that allow students to come in when it is most convenient and work at their own pace. Many General Education requirements can also be taken online.
Western has the equipment and technology that allow graduates to find placement within their chosen field before or shortly after their graduation. Program faculty work with their many industry partners to ensure that graduates are prepared to enter the workforce or move into advanced positions. Western’s programs were developed in partnership with the industries they represent so that the training they provide meets the expectations and needs of industry. These close ties with industry provide students with a wealth of practical expertise, apprenticeship and internship opportunities, and future job prospects.
A new opportunity for students in Associate of Applied Science (AAS) programs was recently made possible by the Wyoming State Legislature. Beginning in Fall 2020, Wyoming’s community colleges, including Western, will be able to offer the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree. Students with AAS degrees in technology and industry fields can earn a bachelor’s degree in business management, focused on their major area of study, without starting over. This may allow students to move into advanced or leadership positions that were previously out of reach due to lack of a bachelor’s degree. The degree will be fully online to accommodate any schedule.
Check out the many opportunities available in Western’s technology and industry programs. Whether full-time or part-time, students can gain the knowledge and skills that industries are looking for. Scholarships and other funding are also available to help students earn the degree or certificate that puts them on track for a new job or advancement in their chosen career.