Projects & Programs
As a donor, you become part of the legacy of giving that has made Northwest College a special place. Gifts and grants have funded an astounding number of projects and programs that have forever changed us. In 1946, we opened as a 100-student school with three instructors who met in borrowed classrooms. Today, more than 1,900 students earn credits on a 132-acre campus featuring 63 buildings. We couldn’t have done it without donors’ support.
The foundation now owns 50 acres of land adjacent to campus for expansion and manages assets valued at $33 million. We’ve had a hand in raising funds for many facility upgrades and new construction, such as the Willard Moyer Computer Center and the Paul Stock Agriculture Pavilion.
Grants have provided funds for biology lab microscopes, nursing lab laptops, instruments for the music program, nursing skill mannequins, welding equipment, Yellowstone Jazz Camp, physics lab equipment, microfilm readers for the library, and… well, you get the idea. The list is long and impressive, touching every corner of the campus.
Below are some examples of recent major projects that would not have been possible without our donors’ generous gifts.
Yellowstone Building adds to legacy of giving
Donors helped fund our newest project, the Yellowstone Building, a 47,000-square-foot home for our nursing, allied health, criminal justice and law enforcement education programs. It also has a community conference center that accommodates workforce-training programs, conferences and community events.
Funding for the $13 million building was provided in large part by the Wyoming Legislature, which contributed $9.38 million toward construction.
The foundation raised over $900,000 to help with costs, and students are contributing through a new $5-per-credit-hour facilities fee. The college drew from budget reserves for the $2 million balance.
Intercultural House a gathering place
The Northwest College Foundation successfully completed a National Endowment for the Humanities two-to-one matching grant, creating a place all the world can call home. The vision for an Intercultural House came from Harriet Bloom-Wilson, NWC’s now-retired director of international programs, who sought to purchase and renovate a house adjacent to campus. Currently under construction, the ICH will feature programming, meeting and cooking space, plus a suite for live-in scholars. The home-like setting will also function as a gathering spot for international and minority students attending Northwest College.
Recognized by the NEH as a model project for rural communities, the Intercultural House makes a powerful, physical statement of the importance of diversity awareness and global citizenship and provides students and local communities the opportunity to engage in lifelong learning. With additional matching funds from the State of Wyoming, the project value culminated in a $481,000 investment to connect a corner of Wyoming with the rest of the world.