2015-2016 Catalog

Technology and Industry

The jobs of today and the future require new skills and, at the same time, a higher level of skill. The Technology and Industry Division is organized in such a way as to provide both basic and advanced skills for those wishing to enter or re-enter the work force of the future. The Technology and Industry Division is here to serve you, the student, with the most modern up-to-date facility in our part of the country.

Technical Labs

The Technology & Industry wing of Western Wyoming Community College features modern shops and labs which provide instruction in a wide variety of programs. As a continuing effort to offer a curriculum that meets the entry-level training needs of industry, new equipment is added to the programs each year. Students at WWCC will be able to graduate with a Certificate or Associate of Applied Science degree from one of the most up-to-date facilities in the region.

Current Programs

The Technology and Industry Division provides studies in Automotive Technology, Natural Gas Compression Technology, Diesel Maintenance, Electronics, Industrial Electricity, Industrial Instrumentation, Mining and Industrial Maintenance, Oil & Gas Production Technology and Welding Technology for those students wishing to gain skills in vocational and technical fields in preparation for employment in business and industry. Additional courses of study will be offered as the demand for them arises and staff and facilities of the college permit. An increasingly critical problem in contemporary society is the shortage of qualified craftsmen, artisans and technicians who possess the skills and technical knowledge required by our complicated technological society.

Students take courses in these fields for a number of the following reasons:

  1. After one or two years of training and education at WWCC (depending upon the program chosen), students will be able to take positions with skills that can make them successful, efficient employees.
  2. The programs also serve those students who plan to continue their technical education elsewhere, whether at four-year institutions or technical institutions.
  3. Finally, technical courses can bridge the gap between the skilled worker on the one hand and highly specialized engineer or scientist on the other.

Customized Certificates

The Technology & Industry division develops certificates that are customized to meet the needs of a particular local industry. These certificates are created after discussions with a local industry about its workforce’s needs. The certificate is a set of primarily existing courses configured to meet a specified skill set. The list of current certificates is on the WWCC website.

Part-time Students

Shift workers are advised that most Technology & Industry Division classes have been adapted to fit your varying work schedule. Although the shift worker must register for a course as it appears in the current schedule of classes, he or she is not locked into attendance only at the times listed in the schedule. The instructor will gladly work with you so you can complete the class requirements around your work schedule.

Graduation Requirements

Students may receive the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree in the Division of Technology and Industry after completing a minimum 64 hours of credit and the appropriate coursework with at least a C average. The Certificate option of each program consists of only the vocational courses required for entry-level employment in a specific occupation. Requirements for each Certificate option are specified in the following program descriptions. The suggested programs in each of the following areas of emphasis for the associate degrees are offered as general guidelines. Each student’s program will be mutually devised by the student and the student’s advisor to fit individual needs and abilities.