CTE in Wyoming
Not everyone wants or needs to earn a four-year degree. Many occupations, such as nursing, bookkeeping and skilled trades, need workers with career technical education instead. This level of education — known as CTE — can usually be completed in two years or less and results in earning a technical associate degree, diploma or certificate. The curriculum of these programs focus exclusively on teaching the skills needed for a new career.
Some of the top community colleges in Wyoming use career pathways to help students explore their education options. These may also be called guided pathways or program pathways. Typically, they are based on 16 career clusters that are used nationally by CTE organizations and agencies. Each career cluster is devoted to a specific area of interest, and students can use the clusters and their associated pathways to narrow their degree program choices.
CTE students in the state also get a boost from the following initiatives and programs:
- Wyoming Works Grants provide financial assistance to eligible students enrolled in CTE programs.
- Wyoming belongs to the Complete College America alliance which is working to increase access to higher education in the state.
- Dual and concurrent enrollment is available for high school students to earn college credit early and at no cost.
Visit the websites of the best Wyoming community colleges to learn more about their CTE options. Additional information about CTE in Wyoming is also available through these resources.
- Wyoming Department of Education - The state's Department of Education offers links to CTE resources such as student organizations, grants and policy initiatives.
- Wyoming at Work - The Wyoming at Work website includes a number of career services that can help you explore your interests and find the right CTE program.
Transferring Credits in Wyoming
Students hoping to transfer their credits into programs at the top four-year schools in Wyoming are in luck — the University of Wyoming, the state's one major public university, provides a broad range of articulation agreements and 2 + 2 degree programs that are designed to facilitate smooth and seamless transfer into a bachelor's degree program once you graduate with your associate degree.
The specific subjects of study covered under these transfer agreements tends to vary from one two-year school to the next, but there are a few university majors that are available to direct transfer students from every one of our best Wyoming community colleges:
- Family and consumer science - professional child development
- American studies
- American Indian studies
- Elementary education - creative arts
- Organizational leadership
Your community college may also maintain articulation agreements with four-year schools in other states. Central Wyoming College, for example, has agreements in place with universities in Colorado, Arizona, Texas and Florida.
For more information about your specific transfer opportunities, check in with your community college adviser or browse the transfer section of your school's website. You can also read our guide on how to transfer schools for more details.
Resources for Community College Students in Wyoming
Wyoming Community College Commission - The WCCC represents all the top community colleges in Wyoming and has information about state educational initiatives and programs.
Wyoming Department of Education - College and career readiness resources are available through the Wyoming Department of Education.
Hathaway Scholarship - The Hathaway Scholarship is one of the state's major financial aid programs to help students pay for undergraduate education.
Using the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), we generated a list of colleges and universities that met the following criteria:
- Level of institution is either "At least 2 but less than 4 years" or "Less than 2 years (below associate)"
- Data is reported for all 14 ranking variables listed in the Methodology section
We ranked the resulting community colleges member schools on multiple factors related to educational opportunity, student performance and student services. Each school was scored on a 10-point scale, using the following data points:
- The published in-district tuition and fees, National Center for Education Statistics, 2018
- The published in-state tuition and fees, National Center for Education Statistics, 2018
- The in-district per credit hour charge for part-time undergraduates, National Center for Education Statistics, 2018
- The in-state per credit hour charge for part-time undergraduates, National Center for Education Statistics, 2018
- Percentage of students receiving financial aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2016
- Percent of students that transferred to a 4-year institution and completed within 8 years, College Scorecard, 2017
- The graduation rate in 150% time, National Center for Education Statistics, 2017
- Full-time student retention rate, National Center for Education Statistics, Fall 2017
- Student-to-faculty ratio, National Center for Education Statistics, Fall 2017
- Percentage of students enrolled in distance education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2017
- Flexibility, based on the following data points from the National Center for Education Statistics, 2018
- Whether the school offers credit for life experiences
- Whether the school offers programs of study that can be completed entirely in the evenings and on weekends
- Whether the school offers on-campus day care for students' children
- Whether the school offers any kind of alternative tuition plan. These may include, but aren't limited to, payment plans or guaranteed rates.