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.