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UW Trustees Authorize Lease Agreement for Intertribal Education and Community Center

July 16, 2009

The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees today (Thursday) authorized the university to enter into a lease agreement with Central Wyoming College (CWC) for the Intertribal Education and Community Center.

The CWC trustees approved the lease agreement during their Wednesday meeting, contingent upon UW approval.

The lease provides for a $1.1 million payment by UW during construction. In exchange, UW will benefit from a 50-year lease for exclusive and priority space in the center to build upon a cooperative effort between UW and CWC to expand educational opportunities for students in central Wyoming and increase access to UW courses and programs.

"We are excited to cooperate with CWC in our efforts to expand educational opportunities statewide, and especially to site-bound students in central Wyoming," said UW President Tom Buchanan. "We began this process several years ago, and despite the economic downturn, we are pleased to fulfill our commitment."

"This is a very desirable partnership and we welcome UW's presence on our campus," said Central Wyoming College President Jo Anne McFarland. "Our students will have greater access to complete a baccalaureate right at this campus."

The UW Outreach School's facility at CWC, a small building located across from the main campus, has long been inadequate and improvement of the space has been a goal for years, says Doug Vinzant, UW vice president for administration.

The facility will be funded by a combination of federal, state and university funds. UW agreed to contribute $1.1 million to ensure modern facilities to serve its students in central Wyoming. UW's share will come from funding restricted for capital facilities that cannot be used for university operating expenses.

 

Posted on Thursday, July 16, 2009


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