Central Wyoming College has a new Jackson center in the works, and it’s designed to support more students and fill gaps in the local workforce.
Currently, courses are offered in buildings across town, but if Teton County voters support a special excise tax ballot measure in May, plans for the proposed center will move forward. That funding would then go toward the projected $3.82 million needed to purchase land and produce architectural and engineering plans.
Central Wyoming College President Brad Tyndall said the proposed center directly responds to needs in the community.
“We did a major survey of a gap analysis. The gap is between the students we produce and the gap in the marketplace. And with this new facility, we can meet most of those gaps.”
He expects the community will see a noticeable impact.
“You will see more nurses in the community. You will see more medical professionals: such as medical assistants, health information technologist, and medical lab technicians. More people with business degrees, because there is a shortage in accountants. We can more than double the number of people we produce as the amount of chiefs and increase workers in hospitality.”