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Northern WY Community College District Adjusted When Snowstorm Interrupted Finals

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Last week’s snowstorm couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Northern Wyoming Community College District, but thanks to modern technology and dedicated maintenance crews, the situation was not as bad as it could’ve been.

Last week was finals week for the fall semester, but due to about 15 inches of the white stuff, campuses in Sheridan and Buffalo closed at 1pm last Tuesday, and were closed all day Wednesday and Thursday.

District President Dr. Walter Tribley says in most cases, students and college staff were either able to rearrange their schedules for testing that had to be done in person.

Such examples included students in nursing and dental programs.

Others were able to take their exams on-line.

Dr. Tribley adds the college did well in looking out for the best interest of students.

Dr. Walter Tribley

“Our faculty were flexible with the type of delivery of final exams and the timing of delivery of final exams and simply agreed to try to help every student that didn’t fit any kind of emergency mold, a new way of doing a final. At the same time student services was there to help them out and provide wrap-around services.”

Dr. Tribley says maintenance crews on Sheridan College campus, did a good job of plowing and shoveling roads, parking lots and walkways to the best of their ability, to make the campus area as clear as possible, but there was nothing they could do about maintaining Coffeen Avenue.

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