Dr. Walter Tribley, president of the Northern Wyoming Community College District, has been granted authority to approve submission of variances to the Wyoming Department of Health, starting with a request for Gillette College.
Action came during a special meeting of trustees electronically Monday night.
Tribley said the district’s first variance request will be to the Campbell County Public Health Officer to allow for the continuation of mine safety and health administration courses at Gillette College. He said the trainings are necessary for all workers, including miners, administrators and contractors, to be onsite at local mines. Once approved locally, the request must also be approved at the state level.
Dr. Tribley said while only one variance is ready to be submitted at this time, a few more requests for variances are likely, depending on future changes made by Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon.
As approved by the college trustees, submission for variances will be made according to the governor’s guidelines and will be within the counties served by the college district – Sheridan, Johnson and Campbell.
Tribley said he feels good about the plans the college district has in place. Even though the campuses – Sheridan and Gillette colleges and the Sheridan College Campus in Johnson County – are closed, the college district is open and conducting business.