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Whitney Benefits and NWCCD, a partnership in coding

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Sheridan College is standing at the forefront of an effort to expand on computer science education within the Cowboy State. 

Since 2016, Whitney Benefits has partnered with Sheridan County school districts and Sheridan College to enhance the availability of academic programming in the areas of computer science, software development, and information technology.

Whitney Benefits trustee Nadine Gale made an appearance on Sheridan Media’s Public Pulse program with Northwest Community College District President Dr. Walt Tribley and NWCCD Computer Science Instructor Mark Thoney. 

Gale told listeners Whitney Benefits saw an opportunity to help fund computer science education within the schools, and that effort has grown organically. 

N. Gale

Tribley told listeners that what began as a local effort has snowballed into Sheridan College becoming the tip of the spear in the Cowboy State for computer science education. 

Dr. W. Tribley

According to an overview from Whitney Benefits, this effort will help address a community need for economic diversification by seeking to develop Sheridan as a hub for computer programming within the State of Wyoming. The goals included developing basic computer skills across grades K-12 to prepare young students for a career in computer science and coding.  

In addition, Sheridan College is currently leading the effort statewide to launch a new 4-year Software Development program. This would be only the second 4-year computing degree in the state. 

To learn more about Computer Science at Sheridan College, click here.  

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