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UW Representatives to Visit Gillette April 19-20

April 13, 2016

The University of Wyoming is offering individualized support to current or prospective students affected by layoffs in the energy industry in northeast Wyoming.

UW President Dick McGinity has appointed former Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Alyson Hagy to serve as his special adviser to coordinate efforts to provide timely information about UW’s services and programs to individuals and families affected by the recent layoffs. Hagy may be contacted at (307) 766-5404 during regular business hours or at

Hagy and representatives of UW’s Office of Financial Aid, Office of Admissions, and the Center for Advising and Career Services are scheduled to be in Gillette Tuesday and Wednesday, April 19-20, to answer questions about financial aid, admissions, academic programs and pathways to four-year degrees. The UW representatives will be at the UW Regional Center, 300 W. Sinclair St. at Gillette College, from 1-5 p.m. April 19 and 8 a.m.-noon April 20. People may contact Hagy to schedule appointments or drop by at their convenience.

The April 19-20 sessions are the first of what could be several visits by UW representatives to communities affected by the energy industry downturn.

UW currently enrolls 300 students from Gillette and about 300 more from other communities in northeast Wyoming. More than 200 students from Campbell County High School and other high schools in the region have been admitted for next year, and several dozen students annually transfer to UW from Gillette College and Sheridan College. Many others take UW courses through the university’s Outreach School.

“Whether they choose to attend UW right away or begin their studies with our excellent community college partners, we’re focused on helping current and prospective students whose families’ financial situations have changed; making sure students who transfer to UW do so as seamlessly as possible; and advising all students on the most direct pathways to four-year degrees,” Hagy says.

For example, a student who has filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid form for the 2016-17 academic year based on his or her family’s 2015 income may submit a financial aid appeal to UW’s Office of Financial Aid -- and have his or her aid package recalculated with future family earnings in mind.

For people interested in enrolling in courses offered through UW’s Outreach School using distance technologies, UW’s regional centers in Gillette (300 W. Sinclair St.) and Sheridan (3401 Coffeen Ave., the Watt Building at Sheridan College) are open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The phone numbers are (307) 672-8737 in Sheridan and (307) 686-0044 in Gillette.

“History shows that Wyoming’s system of higher education plays a key role during downturns in the state’s economy,” Hagy says. “The university is committed to doing its part to help families access great education during these challenging economic times.”

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