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Last week, Wyoming Governor Matt Mead mobilized state agencies to respond to layoffs of nearly 500 coal workers in the Powder River Basin.

Two community college campuses served as sites to connect dislocated miners with services, Gillette College and the Eastern Wyoming Community College Campus in Douglas.

But Wyoming Community College Commission executive director Jim Rose says the state’s 7 community colleges will continue to be a long-term resource for displaced workers amid the downturn.

 

Amid falling natural gas prices, Gov. Matt Mead has called on all state agencies to prepare for eight percent budget cuts. For Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington, the decrease in funding could mean staff reductions and elimination of certain programs.

With an eight percent budget cut, Eastern Wyoming College would likely have to make tough hiring decisions, says Bob Cox, vice president of finance and administrative services for the college.