Do you support Gillette College breaking off as its own college district and what role should the city play in supporting the college moving forward?
We talk a lot about economic development and diversifying our economy to soften the impact of the swings in the oil, gas and coal markets.
A strong education system is critical to successful economic development. Gillette College is an important piece of Gillette’s education system and therefore, economic development.
Since the college is so important to Gillette and Campbell County, it is extremely important for the citizens of our community to be able to control the destiny of Gillette College.
I support breaking away from Sheridan College and forming our own community college district.
I spent eight years as a Wyoming community college commissioner prior to becoming a city councilman. I know how the commission works and what is important to the commissioners. Since we have to get the Commission’s permission to start the process to create a community college district, it is important for the city to show strong support for the new district.
The city already financially supports the college and this financial support must continue to ensure the successful transition to our own community college district.
Along with the financial support, the city should take the lead in educating our citizens on the importance of moving the control of the college from Sheridan to Gillette. We will also need to explain and educate the citizens on why we need the additional mill levy to fund the college as required by state statute, another task the city should take on.