1000 E. University Ave.
340 Wyo Hall
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766-4300
Toll Free: (800) 448-7801
The Outreach School's mission is to extend the University of Wyoming's educational programs to the state of Wyoming and beyond with innovative and unique opportunities for learners of many ages, interests, locations, and motivations. The Outreach School is comprised of four divisions, and each has long been the conduit for an expanded access to learning. Since 1976, university degree programs have been available at the University of Wyoming/Casper College Center, and for nearly three decades those degree programs have been available statewide through Outreach Credit Programs. Wyoming Public Radio has brought news and entertainment to the state for over 40 years. Enrichment programs and conferences and institutes have been bringing new opportunities and ideas to citizens of Wyoming since the 1950s. Through this variety of avenues, the Outreach School is a critical part of the University of Wyoming’s mission, and provides wide access to a variety of university programs. In addition to our four units, the Outreach School has Outreach Regional Centers located in communities throughout Wyoming. Below is an explanation of the Outreach School's four divisions, which help accomplish its mission.
Outreach Credit Programs (OCP) delivers for-credit university degrees, certificates and endorsements though distance education. To do this, Outreach Credit Programs uses the latest in distance education technology, including audio teleconferencing, video conferencing, correspondence study, on-site education, and online instruction.
The University of Wyoming/Casper College Center (UW/CC), in partnership with Casper College, offers on-site classes and a slate of university degree programs in Casper. The center was established to meet the needs of students unable to move to Laramie. Some of these students are nontraditional students who may be older or have families, homes, or jobs in the Casper area. The center is designed to meet the academic needs of students in a setting providing small class, dedicated staff, and award-winning faculty. Courses are taught by resident and visiting faculty who are regular or adjunct members of UW acadmic departments. A full-service office handles admission, registration, financial aid, and advising.
Outreach Technology Services (OTS) provides technological support for the credit and non-credit programs and services offered through the Outreach School. Included in this division are University of Wyoming Television (UWTV), Outreach Video Network (OVN), Outreach Engineering, and Outreach Computer Support Services.
Wyoming Public Media (WPM) delivers four radio streams to residents of Wyoming and beyond, as well as Internet streaming, podcasts, and Web information services via wyomingpublicmedia.net. Wyoming Public Media is its primary service and is the state's only National Public Radio member. WPM has been serving Wyoming for more than 40 years with news, music and entertainment, now with 25 stations and translators statewide. WPM also operates full-time jazz and classical radio stations in Laramie, plus HD2 digital-only classical music channels in Cheyenne, Laramie, Casper and Jackson.
As you can see from the diversity of our divisions, our work at the Outreach School is about about learning in many forms—from an intriguing new piece of music heard over the radio, to the satisfaction of a new skill learned in an enrichment class, to the triumph of the completion of a degree by the first person in a family to go to college.
For the Outreach School, learners are broadly defined: from the listener of Wyoming Public Radio who learns more about the world through WPR’s award-winning news programs, to the enrichment student who enhances his or her life by taking a non-credit course or attending a conference through our Community Service Education unit, to the students who work toward their baccalaureate or graduate degrees at a distance—at the UW/CC Center in Casper and around the state and nation through Outreach Credit Programs. Of necessity, all our efforts at providing access to learning opportunities are supported by the Division of Outreach Technology Services, which maintains the technological infrastructure that enables us to reach students at distance, and by our academic coordinators, who serve learners from locations around the state.
Being responsive to the needs of learners is a central focus of the educational programs of the Outreach School. For some learners, we change lives. Our degree-seeking students average 33 years of age. Many of them are single parents seeking a way to better their lives and the lives of their children. About 300 students receive University of Wyoming degrees and certificates in Outreach programs each year.