Central Wyoming College campus

Central Wyoming College is working on buying land and completing architectural and engineering designs for a centralized educational facility.

Central Wyoming College announced Friday a new twist in its quest to build a permanent Jackson campus.

CWC has found 2 acres south of town off of High School Road to purchase to build a center to house programming in nursing and the culinary and hospitality sectors.

Voters approved $3.82 million in specific purpose excise tax funds in 2017 for a land purchase, plus design and construction of the new facility. After the election, the college bought two lots in town that were originally slated to house the center.

However, the land south of town is better suited for its needs, the college said in a press release, so it will sell the two town lots and use the money to fund part of the new purchase.

The Wyoming Community College Commission, the body that coordinates the state’s community colleges, has approved a $7.57 million request for the CWC-Jackson campus. The commission also put CWC-Jackson as its No. 1 capital construction priority in the 2019-20 state Legislature, the press release said.

The commission’s funding request, which the Legislature will need to approve, will first go before the State Building Commission in July. If the building commission approves the request the Joint Appropriations Committee and the Legislature will consider it during the February budget session.

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(3) comments

Kathy Tompkins

Correction... Let the traffic circus continue and throw in an intense game of whack a mole.

Kathy Tompkins

There will need to be a new parallel road to High School Road behind the high school and the proposed CWC campus. When you add in staff, maintenance and students from the CWC and the Classical Academy it will be over 500 more people whose back and forth trips thru out the day include dropping kids off and picking them up, deliveries, functions, lunches, and Smith Foods trips. The Daly vehicle trips, on the conservative side, will be over 2000 trips added on High School Road. Add that to the proposed Tribal Trail Cuttoff daily vehicle trips for High School Road which will be conservatively another three to five thousand DVPs. Let's not forget the high traffic numbers from the Classical Academy mega campus plans, to allow for commercial operations, to support the school. That will be a high DVP number too. I have a sinking feeling the taxpayers will be saddled with paying for all the infrastructure needed, especially since the Classical Academy is now off the hook for housing and has a religious tax exempt status even though it will be housing commercial operations. Let the traffic circus begin.

Kathy Tompkins

Daily vehicle trips DVTs ☺️

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