The University of Wyoming is responding to Gillette’s economic troubles by offering support services for current and potential students Tuesday and Wednesday.
Officials from the school will be available to walk students through financial aid services, academics and admissions, according to a university news release.
The school’s Gillette visit may be the first of many to Wyoming communities suffering during the economic downturn, which resulted in hundreds of layoffs this month.
“History shows that Wyoming’s system of higher education plays a key role during downturns in the state’s economy,” said Alyson Hagy, associate vice president for academic affairs. “The university is committed to doing its part to help families access great education during these challenging economic times.”
Hagy will coordinate the school’s outreach to students and families affected by the economic drought.
Gillette is home to about 300 students attending UW, and about 200 of the coal town’s high school students will attend the university in the fall. Community college transferees will also likely be joining UW soon.
“Whether they choose to attend UW right away or begin their studies with our excellent community college partners, we’re focused on helping current and prospective students whose families’ financial situations have changed,” Hagy said in a statement.
UW representatives will be at UW Regional Center, 300 W. Sinclair St. at Gillette College, from 1 p.m. to 5 Wednesday and from 8 a.m. to noon Thursday.