After nearly two years of construction the new University of Wyoming at Casper College is complete. University of Wyoming President Dr. Dick McGinity says, "This is a great day for Wyoming and a great day for Casper College and the University of Wyoming."
The University of Wyoming at Casper College is officials, as hundreds of residents along with past and present presidents gathered to welcome the new building to Casper. Casper College President Dr. Walt Nolte says, "It is acting as the crossroads to campus, the focal point of campus, the center point of campus amongst our anchor buildings and really helping us with that transitional through the hill"
UWCC, which first broke ground in March of 2012, is one of the final steps in Casper College's master plan. 'This is the last of five new building dedications on this journey that we started in 2006 with the development of the college's first comprehensive master plan," Nolte said.
However, as a new building is welcome the campus will soon say goodbye to the Roberts Commons, which makes way for a new plaza. "All of that area will reroute the roadway and all of this area will become plaza," Nolte said.
The University of Wyoming is currently the only four-year institution in the state and Governor Matt Mead doesn't want to add another four-year college. However, he did propose additional revenue in his budget for a four-year option at Wyoming's community schools. "If we are to have one four-year public university in the state of Wyoming, we also need strong community colleges," Mead said and adds it's important to have this type of partnership together. "Today is a celebration of the building, but it's also a celebration of partnership that is stronger today than it has ever been, Mead said."
School administrators hope having a four-year option at a community college will help bring people to Casper. "It is a celebration today, but it's a celebration of the years to come and the many opportunities that we will provide students who go through here," Mead said.