Western Wyoming Community College is launching the new Mustang Connections App at the Sweetwater County Fair starting July 31st. Community members who download the app will be entered in a drawing to win a Traeger Pro Series 34 Smoker or Yeti Tundra 45 Cooler.
The Mustang Connections App was developed with the community in mind. Western received feedback that people weren’t aware of the large number of enrichment opportunities and non-degree seeking educational opportunities available to the public through the College. Their answer and solution is the Mustang Connections App. The App is designed to keep community members informed about events, guest speakers, enrichment classes, athletics, exhibits, student-led forums, and performing arts productions available each semester on the Rock Springs campus.
The Western Connections App provides users with calendars and enrichment class lists – displaying dates, times, locations, and costs if applicable. Note, the majority of the events at Western are free to the public - including all athletic games. By booking these opportunities, even if the activity is free, the function allows Western to send notifications to notify users if the soccer field changes or if an outdoor event has been moved indoors, or simply to remind the viewer of something they are interested in attending the day before the event.
Additionally, the App breaks down enrichment courses into categories: Be an Outsider, a section for outdoor classes like fly fishing, or big game habitat skills; Business Skills, offering courses like Word Processing, or Excel basics; Explore, which lists courses like First Year Spanish, a trip to the Galapagos Islands; Get Creative, is a section for drawing classes, creative writing, or ceramics; and Wellness and Fitness, which offers indoor rock climbing, beginning yoga, dance, and stress management and reduction.
If viewers are interested in taking a class, they can submit an interest form through the App, and a Mustang Central representative will reach out to that person to provide more information about registering. In the future, Western will allow users to book a course directly through the App.
By enrolling in a class, community members will receive a Student ID. The ID allows students to gain access to: the Hay Library, The Wellness Center (cardio and fixed weight rooms are $15 per semester), pool, hot tub, sauna, performing arts productions, and athletic events. Tuition for these courses is free for seniors 60-years-old and older.
To help launch the App, Western is providing the public with a community contest, which will take place at the Sweetwater County Big Show this year. The contest encourages people to download the app to win a Traeger Smoker Pro Series 34 or Yeti Tundra 45 Cooler. Participants must download the app and visit the Western Booth to show they have downloaded it. Then the participant will receive a ticket to place in the prize drawing of their choice.
For those who would like to increase their odds of winning – bring a friend! If the person brings a friend who has downloaded the app as well, both people will receive a ticket to enter into the drawing. Participants are welcome to bring up to nine friends!
“We’re so excited to share the Mustang Connections App with Rock Springs and Green River. We are a community college, and our community is an important part of who Western is. With this app we aim to keep people informed and connected. Whether, your interest is athletics, a ceramics class, performances, International Night, or to hear an author speak about our state, the app is designed to help keep you informed,” said Kimberly Emerson, Director of Student Marketing and Communications at Western.