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CWC events drew more than 184,000 people in 2011

Nov 23, 2012 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Use of Central Wyoming College facilities was up in 2011 compared to previous years according to Ron Granger, CWC's vice president of administrative services.

For fiscal year 2012, which lasts from July 2011 through June 2012, Granger said CWC hosted 4,847 events that drew more than 184,000 people to its campuses throughout the state. That was despite construction work ongoing in Riverton.

"To me it's kind of amazing ... to still be able to accommodate as many (events)," Granger said during a Nov 14 meeting of the CWC Board of Trustees. "Next year (the number) might be lower; this summer it'll be difficult to have events on campus because of remodels."

During the previous fiscal year, 172,331 people came to 4,168 events, and for FY2010 there were 4,141 with 185,925 participants. Granger noted the decrease in attendance between 2010 and 2011.

"We went down a bit in 2011, and now we're coming up a little bit," Granger said, adding that CWC's recurring events tend to become more popular every year. "We are getting more people to these events."

Facilities tend to be busier during spring and fall semester, Granger said, with the exception of June, when the college hosts summer camps and other annual programs. For the most recent fiscal year, statistics show the most non-academic events -- 496 -- took place at CWC in October, while 469 were hosted in April. March brought 447 events to CWC, and 440 non-academic activities took place at the college in June.

Credit enrollment

Granger said credit enrollment has declined slightly from earlier record levels at CWC. Full-time enrollment for 2011 was set at about 1,797 people, and though final numbers for the 2012 school year were not yet available, Granger said initial enrollments appear to be down from last year.

"We anticipate a decrease from 2011," he said in his report.

On the Riverton campus alone, 1,054 credit classes were offered during fiscal year 2012, up from 1,030 in fiscal year 2011. The number was 1,003 in fiscal year 2010 and 963 in fiscal year 2009.

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