Residents in Sweetwater County have multiple choices for selecting top education options.
On the collegiate scene, Western Wyoming Community College has been around since 1959, when 40 students originally enrolled, and today there are 5,000 students. There is an extended campus center in Green River along with the main campus in Rock Springs, and the main campus recently added a diesel mechanics laboratory for automotive students to learn how to better operate diagnostic devices.
WWCC also works closely with many local companies to offer training that relates directly to jobs, especially in the area’s flourishing mineral extraction industry. Related training programs at the college include welding technology, plant operations, oil and gas technology, mining maintenance, compression technology and heavy equipment maintenance, with salaries in those fields often starting at $30,000-$40,000 and quickly increasing.
Yearly tuition at WWCC only averages less than $2,000, and taking into account living expenses and financial aid, the average total net cost of attending Western Wyoming Community College is about $4,700 per year.
UW at WWCC
At the University of Wyoming-Laramie, the state university is a three-hour drive from Rock Springs, but UW also offers several transferable courses that students can take at Western Wyoming Community College. Those classes include agriculture, biology, business, elementary education, engineering, foreign language, health sciences and marketing.
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