College announces budget cuts

Athletics, culinary and more

SHERIDAN — Northern Wyoming Community College District, after declaring a financial emergency June 18, will present cutting the entire athletics department for both Sheridan and Gillette colleges, among other cuts, staff announced in a press release Thursday afternoon.

Trustees will consider the budget July 1, which includes approximately a $3.96 million cut overall. The athletic departments for NWCCD account for $2.8 million of that cut. 

“This decision was far from easy and definitely not something we wanted to take away from our student-athletes. However, we simply cannot maintain a vision that includes full-time coaches, full-ride athletic scholarships coming from our general fund and expensive recruitment and travel,” said NWCCD President Walter Tribley.

According to Tribley, the long-term goal is to eventually bring back additional athletic opportunities with Division III teams in the future. Rodeo teams at both Gillette and Sheridan colleges will continue with significantly reduced budgets. In addition to athletics, district administration, two academic programs and campus police are also affected.

The cuts to administration and academic programs total $500,000. Two academic programs — Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management — will be discontinued. In addition, the district is not filling several open administrative and staff positions and implementing reorganizations that equal savings of seven full-time positions.

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