University of Wyoming Coming to Gillette to Help Students with Finances

(Gillette, Wyo.) It started with a request from Arch Coal. The company asked the University of Wyoming this week if they could provide information directly to their employees, both the ones that have been laid off and the ones still working the mines, to help them transition to college if that's what they're interested in. A similar request from Cloud Peak quickly followed. The University appointed Creative Writing professor Alyson Hagy as a special adviser, along with a team including their directors of financial aid and admissions, to beavailable for two days next week. They will answer questions, get people's financials squared away, and help sign up anyone looking to continue their education after a layoff. "This is the first step of many steps at UW to support students, prospective students, and their families as the economic situation in the state becomes more difficult," Hagy told Pitchengine. "This is something we can do right now." You can explore what kind of degrees and credits you may already have, what they're applicable to, and what your best course of action might be. The sessions are open to everyone. They anticipate currently enrolled students and graduating high school seniors wanting to know the quickest path to graduation, in order to minimize their financial output. There are state resources and federal resources available to people depending on how much their income has changed. While it may be too late to re-file requests, they can help you file an appeal. "We don't want them to not come [to UW] without exploring every financial aid option we can think of," Hagy explained. The Hathaway Need Scholarship is one example of an award that's available to those who may now have additional financial needs. UW currently enrolls hundreds of students from Northeast Wyoming. More than 200 students from CCHS have already been admitted for next year. Dozens of others transfer from Gillette or Sheridan College to UW and take courses online. "One of the really important messages that we have to send is that we have signed more than twenty 2+2 plans," added Hagy. The program allows those who have started their education in town to transfer to UW as "a true junior." "That's a really efficient path to graduation. If you're at Sheridan or Gillette College and you love it, stay there." While in town they also plan on brainstorming with the community college district, Gillette Mayor Louise Carter-King, and Campbell County commissioners to try and figure out as many ideas as they can to help people out. The university may be visiting other communities like Sheridan and Douglas in the future, depending on where they're needed. The group will be at Gillette College from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 19th, and 8 a.m. to noon on April 20th. People may contact Hagy at (307) 766-5404 to schedule appointments or drop by at their convenience. #county17 #dally #news