Western Wyoming Community College
About Western Wyoming Community College
Western Wyoming Community College is located in Rock Springs, Wyoming. Every year the city holds a county fair called Wyoming's Big Show. The event includes theme park rides, booths, restaurants, and live entertainment. The Community Fine Arts Center in Rock Springs offers a permanent collection and changing displays of fine art, as well as a schedule of year-round performing arts programs. The city also offers much to those wishing to be more physically active, with racquetball courts, rock climbing walls, and ice arenas, plus mountain bike and hiking trails. The city is just an hour away from a variety of water sports at the Flaming Gorge Recreation area, and only two hours from great skiing and winter sport activities.
Western Wyoming Community College is a public two-year institution of higher learning. It was established in the Fall of 1959. In September of that year, forty students enrolled for college credit courses with five full time faculty teaching during the evening. Daytime classes began in 1960. In 1964, the original district was expanded to include all communities within Sweetwater County and the official name of the College became Western Wyoming Community College. The college was granted accreditation by the North Central Association in April, 1976. Student numbers have increased from 40 in 1959 to over 6,000 in 2008. The 435-acre campus is unique as well. Because of the harsh winters in the area, all of the main college is indoors, connected via hallways.
The art department at WWCC provides a two-year foundation program in all visual arts. The program offers foundation courses in design, drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, art history, and graphic design as well as additional courses and workshops in sculpture, printmaking, watercolor, and color photography. The facilities house a permanent gallery, sculpture and ceramic area, print room, painting studio, and photography lab and studio. In addition to transfer degrees, the department offers a two-year AFA degree in two-dimensional visual arts. Required courses include drawing, color design, two-dimensional design, painting, art history, photography, life drawing, graphic design, a fine arts portfolio course, and electives from within the art department. Some general education courses are also required prior to completion of the program.
WWCC offers many institutional scholarship opportunities to new and returning students. Several scholarships are for high school seniors and are based on grade point averages and test scores. These include the Superior, Honors, Performance, Opportunity, and Career scholarships. There is also a scholarship specifically for a graduate of the Sweetwater County High School, a competition grant for successful competition in WWCC department events, special ability grants for scholarships in athletics, art, dance, music or theatre, a transfer scholarship for those students wishing to continue on in a four-year college or university, and special scholarships for part-time and non-traditional students. Returning WWCC students may be eligible for an Excellence in Academics scholarship.