Natural History Museum - Western Wyoming Community College, Rock Springs

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Western Wyoming Community College is a two year college located in Rock Springs, Wyoming. WWCC offers various one year certificates, numerous two year associate degrees, and some four year degrees in cooperation with the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming. The college students are known as the Mustangs.
The campus itself is unique, owing to the harsh winters all of the main college is indoors, connected via hallways. Since the local area is home to many dinosaur fossil finds, there are reproductions of various dinosaur skeletons in public areas of the college.
Western Wyoming Community College, the fifth of seven community colleges in Wyoming, was established in the Fall of 1959. Through the efforts of a citizens’ committee, a campaign was begun, an election was held, and the College and the original district were created. In September, 1959, forty students enrolled for college credit courses with five full-time faculty teaching during the evening.
In 1960–61, the College moved to Reliance, 5mi from Rock Springs, to occupy the former Reliance High School and daytime classes began. In September, 1964, the original district was expanded to include all communities within Sweetwater County, a new Board of Trustees was elected, and the official name of the College became Western Wyoming Community College.
Consistent growth of the College led to the inauguration of a $1,822,000 building program on October 4, 1966. On November 11, 1967, ground-breaking ceremonies marked the beginning of construction on a new campus, and completion in June, 1969. Growth continued. In March, 1973, voters approved a $1,780,000 bond issue to provide additional instructional facilities. The new vocational-technical education building was ready for occupancy in Fall, 1974, and the college center building was completed. In 1976, three residence halls were constructed to provide on-campus housing, made possible by a loan from the State Farm Loan Board. The College was granted accreditation by the North Central Association in April 1976.
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  • If you want to see large fossils - this is a great place to go. You can do an easy walking tour with the map provided and take you own time enjoying each exhibit.  more »
  • This is great to take the kiddos to! Definitely recommend to a family with young ones when there’s nothing else to do in RS—especially in the winter lol  more »
  • Very cool dinosaur and prehistoric human fossil collection. My community college definitely never had anything that sweet.
  • This is the score that the dean received a 1 star.When someone asks not to have pictures and cover their face even if not being photoed or recorded but having a smart phone with a camera lenses being pointed directly at them they should not walk away and then come back and put the smart phone with the front screen in there face and show a colege event thats a concert assuring that the person looks at the screen and camera willingly just to be nice.That there means after the person stated they did not want there image to be shared the dean came back and literally did on purpose:( Well the international foreign student exchange sponsor lady made up for the dean's unexcusable spying.This international exchange lady is one of the best welcomers and listeners at the college .This lady received a 5 star.The janitors that were there stopped cleaning listened and asked questions and we're very Busy .They receive a 5 star .The The hand sanitizer was empty on the night and area where the international day celebration was taking place:(The students were All Beautifully dressed up and the food looked amazing.The students recieve a 5 star.The receptionist answered phones and privided daily event schedules not providing that the Women's business councel meeting was cancelled but receptionists combined still receive a 5 star due to the fact that they invited the person to come as they were even if they were not showered and fancy but just to come .The evening receptionist stated that they believed the wyoming women's councel meeting may have been canceled in person.It was canceled due to weather:( The bulletin boards were so helpful and full of important education and events:)The people who put them together receive a 5 star.The cafateria receives a 5 star just remember that you the manager have to overly instruct the cashier's to clean tables and counters with your approved stongest disinfectant or they will just stand behind the cashier counter and collect money.They did good and so did you.If people are not greeted and walk into the cafe they will not know how to purchase or order .The food was good.The condiment dispensers could have lots of germs spread easily due to the touch of dispensers.The college was very clean and uncluttered.All of the people everyone in general ,the public were presentable and helpful,and nice,and patient that includes the dean.Thank You:)I will not be back for a long time due to the camera phoebia:(I still had a good day!I was tricked.

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