Students looking for a community college experience in some of America’s most rugged, yet beautiful surroundings should give Laramie County Community College a look.
Laramie County Community College, located near Cheyenne, Wyoming, the state capital, offers students a variety of academic and career technical programs. The college has articulation agreements with about 15 four-year schools, meaning that students taking courses at LCCC will have an easy time transitioning to a four-year school if they wish to further their education.
With just about 5,000 students, Laramie avoids the “mega” community college feel that many larger community colleges have, but does not lack for resources or programs thanks to its proximity to the seat of state government in Wyoming.
The college has a main campus in Cheyenne and another in Laramie (oddly enough, the city of Laramie is not in Laramie County, Cheyenne is) and also has extension centers.
The college offers 82 two-year degree programs and 27 career certification programs. Career certification programs provide students with a quick credential they can use to polish up their resumes to make them more employable. These programs are particularly sought after by recently displaced workers, who quickly want to learn a more marketable skill.
Being in a rural area, it’s no surprise that the college has agriculture and agribusiness programs. However, the most popular majors offered by the college include health professions, interdisciplinary studies, education and business marketing.
Like most colleges and universities, LCCC has jumped on the distance learning bandwagon, offering courses online. Because many community college students are older students with job and family responsibilities, a traditional college schedule may be a barrier to their pursuit of education. Distance learning courses offered online allow students to complete coursework and listen to lectures at their convenience, making it easier for working parents to improve their education. The program allows students to take many of the courses offered by LCCC online, and some entire degree programs may be completed online.
Laramie County Community is a leader in alternative energy research. The college has a wind turbine program that provides valuable insight into the potential of this alternative energy source. The school has a wind energy technician program that is producing professionals capable of maintaining wind energy manufacturing devices.
The Ludden Library has more than 60,000 books and provides modern computer and electronic research capabilities to students.
The college has a low graduation rate, but this is common for community colleges as many students are only there for career certificate programs, not two-year degrees and another large contingent of students transfer to four-year colleges before earning an associate’s degree from LCCC.
Laramie County Community College is accredited by the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges. The NCA accredits schools in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. The NCA also accredits schools in the Navajo nation. More than 1,000 colleges are accredited by the NCA.
Most Popular Fields of Study
Laramie County Community College has a fairly liberal admissions policy and is open to just about anyone with a high school diploma or GED. Students without these certificates may be admitted on a case by case basis. Students applying to the college should submit high school transcripts and standardized test scores. All new students will take a placement test to determine whether they will need to take remedial courses.
The college has no deadline for applications, however, for consideration for scholarships, students are encouraged to get their applications in as soon as possible.
Some programs in the college do have a selective admissions process that takes into account things such as college GPA, prerequisite courses, etc. These programs include dental hygiene, diagnostic medical sonography, equine studies, nursing, physical therapist assistant, radiography, surgical technology and wind energy. These programs may also have admissions deadlines.
As of May 2011, the university charges a $10 application fee.
Students applying to Laramie County Community College are eligible for federal grants and student loans. There are also a number of grants and scholarships offered by the state of Ohio, the college and other organizations that students may be eligible for. Each year, Laramie County Community College students are awarded more than $1 million in scholarships
For example, the Golden Eagle Scholarship is available to students who have at least a 2.0 high school GPA and an ACT score of 17. The scholarship gives funds in increasing amounts to students based on high school GPA and ACT scores. Students with a 3.0 GPA and an ACT score of higher than 21 get full tuition.
Hathaway Scholarships are available exclusively to recent Wyoming high school graduates and may award up to $1,600 per semester to students.
There are also more than 250 private donor scholarships available at Laramie County Community College. Also, the college recently completed a 21,000 sq. ft. renovation and expansion of its cafeteria.
These are just some of the scholarships available at LCCC. Academic performance is not the sole criteria for all scholarships, some take many other factors into consideration, including ethnicity, career path, etc. Students are urged to apply for scholarship aid early, as many scholarships are first come, first served.
The college’s office of financial aid also stands ready to help students find other grants and scholarships they may be eligible for. The school’s website, has a helpful list of scholarships that students can use to see which awards they may be eligible for.
Wyoming’s a sparsely populated state. Cheyenne, it’s largest city has less than 100,000 people. So if you’re looking for an outrageous nightlife and constant entertainment, Laramie County Community College probably isn’t the place for you. However, if you’re looking for a closely-knit community college close to many natural wonders to explore in America’s frontier, LCCC may be the right fit.
The main campus in Cheyenne sits on about 271 acres. Unlike many community colleges, Laramie County Community College has on campus housing, providing room for about 250 students.
The student body at Laramie County Community College is predominately female and white. Students of other ethnicities make up only a small number of the college’s student body.
There are about 35 campus organizations at Laramie County Community College, including professional and academic groups, and special interest groups like the anime club. As a result of the area’s rural roots, there are quite a few agricultural student organizations.
The college has a number of student publications, including the school paper, the Wingspan, and an art review, the High Plains Register.
The school provides a number of personal services to students, including a counseling and wellness center and a student success center to provide additional tutoring and academic support for students. The college also has a physical education building complete with workout gym, climbing walls and other health facilities to help students keep in shape and fight off the dreaded “freshman 15.”
Because many Laramie County Community College students have children, the college offers a Children’s Discovery Center where children can be engaged in active, educational activities while their parents attend class at the college.
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Laramie County Community College offers a variety of athletics for its students, some uniquely suited to the college’s frontier location.
Laramie County Community College is a NJCCA school. It is a member of the Wyoming Community College Athletic Conference. The school’s teams have had a history of success in their NJCCA Region IX, faring well in tournament play.
The college offers men’s soccer, women’s soccer, men’s basketball, women’s volleyball, equestrian and rodeo. The rodeo team has indoor and outdoor arenas to practice in, and competes regularly in the College National Rodeo.
The college has a strong soccer program. It has won five consecutive NJCAA Region IX Championship games under Coach Vince Gibson. The women’s soccer team is also strong and is one of the top 10 NJCAA women’s teams in the nation. The men’s basketball team had one of its best years ever in 2010, advancing to the Region IX semifinals.
The equestrian and rodeo programs at LCCC are two unique standouts, as few four-year colleges and universities, much less community colleges have such programs.
The Laramie County Community College athletic teams are nicknamed the Golden Eagles. School colors are gold and blue.
The college is very much in touch with its frontier roots. The annual rodeo competition is an important Laramie County Community College tradition. The school also has a strong commitment to the arts, holding annual arts and film events.
A popular Cheyenne event is the Cheyenne Frontier Days. The event hosts the largest outdoor rodeo in the U.S. and also is a big draw for many nationally known musical acts such as Kid Rock, the Charlie Daniels Band and Miley Cyrus.
The local area also has some historical sites from America’s frontier period, including the Union Pacific Depot and Fort David A. Russell.
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