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Wyoming has one four-year institution: the University of Wyoming. Founded in 1886 in Laramie, Wyo., today it offers more than 200 areas of study, including graduate programs in business, law, education, and engineering. It is ranked among the top national universities and public schools by U.S. News & World Report. Notable alumni include Dick Cheney, the former vice president of the United States, who earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in political science from the school.
In addition to its four-year public school, Wyoming is also served by seven community colleges. They are part of the Wyoming Community College Commission and include Casper College, Central Wyoming College, Eastern Wyoming College, Laramie County Community College, Northern Wyoming Community College, Northwest College, and Western Wyoming Community College. The Commission also administers three adult education programs through the colleges and independent centers. These include an Adult Basic Education Program, which allows adult learners to brush up on skills, prepare for the High School Equivalency Certificate, or enter college or workforce training programs; a GED program; and a Family Literacy Program, which provides English Language Learner and Adult Basic Education classes to parents while their children attend an early childhood education program.
Wyoming Distance Learning Initiatives
The University of Wyoming provides opportunities for students to take online college degree programs. Through its Outreach School, the university extends its educational offerings to people in the state and beyond. Students can choose from 34 online degree programs, which include online accelerated degree programs, online bachelors degree programs, online graduate degree programs, and certificate and endorsement programs. There are two online doctoral degree programs, in nursing and education. Additional areas of study through the university’s online programs include business, criminal justice, psychology, social science, public administration, speech-language pathology, and social work. The state’s community colleges also offer distance learning opportunities, which students can explore through the Wyoming Community College Commission’s website.
Distance learning in Wyoming is also aided by the Wyoming Distance Learning Center, which helps provide online learning opportunities to residents of Wyoming. Services it performs for higher education include professional development; information on best practices and policy issues; Web services support, conference support and resources; and grant opportunities. Additional services include migrating traditional training to online training; providing a Learning Management System platform; assisting with Web and social media marketing; and providing conference technology assistance.