Small turnout not necessarily indicative of student needs

(Gillette, Wyo.) Last week a team of directors from the University of Wyoming -- including both the head of financial aid and a representative from admissions -- visited Gillette College 's campus to help prospective students whose future student careers may be affected by recent layoffs. According to a statement from UW , only "a handful" of students took advantage of the counseling services that were offered. While they were in Gillette, UW’s representatives, led by special adviser Alyson Hagy, visited the Campbell County Commission and other local legislators, including officials from the City of Gillette. "One of the messages we received was that our presence in Gillette likely will be more important later on, when the end of severance packages, federal unemployment benefits and other issues will have people thinking about higher education options," Hagy said. "We plan to return two or three more times, and to partner with Gillette College to meet any needs the university can fill." Laurie Nichols, who takes office at UW as president in May, is scheduled to speak at the spring commencement ceremony at Gillette College on May 13th. She plans to return to Gillette in the following weeks to meet with the county commissioners and city officials herself. Outreach School Academic Coordinator Dawn Keisel is a permanent UW official at Gillette College, and is available at the UW Regional Center from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students may contact her at (307) 686-0044 with any questions. #county17 #news