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College commission ranks top buildings on 'to-do' list

Aug 7, 2013 - By Bob Moen, The Associated Press

Northwest College in Powell is the only college without a project seeking state funding.

CHEYENNE -- Two building proposals at Laramie County Community College top the list of 10 capital construction projects recommended by the Wyoming Community College Commission.

Matt Petry, deputy director of the college commission, said a computer program was used to rank the projects by priority based on 13 factors.

"Each college project gets a score for each one of those factors based on information that they provide and that we get from other sources as well," Petry said. "It attempts to objectively rank the projects."

The 10 projects have an estimated total cost of $128 million. The colleges are asking the state to contribute $74.5 million, while $53.5 million would come from local taxpayers where the colleges are located and other sources, such as donations.

A $14 million industrial technology building at LCCC is No. 1 on the list, followed by a $26 million student center at the Cheyenne college. A $23 million career and tech education center at Eastern Wyoming College is third, followed by a $13 million science, agriculture and culinary building at Northern Wyoming Community College in Sheridan and a $4.96 million student success center at Central Wyoming College in Riverton.

The other projects in order of ranking include: $18.97 million education activity center at Northern Wyoming College's Gillette campus; and a $1.24 million student success center at Western Wyoming Community College.

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