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Huge Freshman class presenting challenges at WCC, Leadership class told

Huge Freshman class presenting challenges at WCC, Leadership class told

*Feature Image: After a tour of the Wyoming Catholic College's Baldwin Building facility downtown Lander, and a hot cup of coffee at the school's Crux Coffee Shop, Leadership Fremont County participants met with college president Dr. Kevin Roberts at Frassati Hall, the school's dining and recreation facility. (Pitchengine Communities)* (Lander, Wyo.) - This year's Freshman class of 60 students at Wyoming Catholic College has been a challenge, WCC President Dr. Kevin Roberts told the current class of Leadership Fremont County on Thursday. "Our freshman class this year is bigger than our combined junior and senior classes," he said. "That's a big impact on a small college." He said the college had worked out an agreement with the Inn at Lander to use it's back building as a dormitory, to supplement the dorms on the property at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. "It's a great example of how we are working with and supporting the local community." [image: Inline image 1] *Sophomore Isaac Owen of Welling, Oklahoma, left, led one of three tour groups during LFC's tour of Wyoming Catholic College. (Pitchengine Communities) * With the college's present enrollment at 150 students, Roberts said he wants to see an enrollment growth of from 5 to 10 percent annually until the number of students reaches 400. Roberts also told the group that the kind of students the college is recruiting has changed from an emphasis on home-schooled to more of a mix with more regular high school students. Students at WCC this year represent 43 different states. While most are catholic, Roberts said there are other students who identify as Christian, and one student who professes to be an atheist. He also noted that the college has employed non-Catholic faculty. [image: Inline image 2] *Boise, Idaho, Sophomore Cody Lee showed his tour part of the college's library facility in the Baldwin Building. Books line the walls in each of the college's five downtown classrooms. (Pitchengine Communities) * Of the schools 125 graduates, he said about one-third of those have stayed in Wyoming and one-half of the one-third have stayed in Fremont County. "That is great. We did not originally anticipate so many graduates are staying," he said. "The most common area for the school's graduates is in education and teaching plus non-profit work and a few entrepreneurs." "This has never been a better time for a Liberal Arts Education," he said. [image: Inline image 3] *Sophomore tour guide Joshua Zimmer of Temecula, California, talked to the class in a computer lab/study area of the building. (Pitchengine Communities) * Roberts noted the college is into year three of a 10-year strategic plan. He said some graduate level courses are being considered by the college's board that would begin near the end of that decade-long process. The Leadership Fremont County Class also visited the National Outdoor Leadership School, Central Wyoming College, Fremont County School District 25 and the Wind River Job Corps Center during its Education Day workshop. #county10 #news