Northwest College

Introduction

Northwest College opened in 1946 with nearly 100 full- and part-time students and three instructors who met in classrooms borrowed from the public school district. Initially called the University of Wyoming Northwest Center, it was established through an agreement with the University of Wyoming and Park County School District No. 1. University support was discontinued in 1950. In 1953 the name was changed to Northwest Community College, and in 1968 the college's tax base was expanded to include all of Park County. The name changed once more to Northwest College in 1989. Over the years, the quality of instruction matured, and a residential campus developed. NWC is far more than a typical two-year college — consider the following points as evidence of that claim.

  • Program breadth: A wide variety of courses supports 54 transfer degrees, 19 technical degrees, and 34 skills certificates. And with Northwest's low tuition, there's no need to feel guilty about exploring before committing to a major.
  • Strong faculty: Students get to know our superb faculty on a first-name basis. Even though they're often called on as experts in their fields, our faculty’s focus is on our students.
  • Rich learning opportunities: Learning awaits our students in and outside the classroom, including academic activities like Livestock Judging and Forensics as well as annual international travel opportunities.
  • Activities: An array of student activities includes intercollegiate athletics, intramural sports, clubs and organizations, student government and more. If you’re on an athletic team, there's a good chance your family and friends can watch via live Webcasts produced by NWC students.
  • Environment: It's all here—a truly collegiate environment boasting five residence halls and more than 50 apartments (find more detail on our campus map and area maps).

Vision & Mission Vision - Through a superior teaching, learning, and living environment, Northwest College will be a dynamic and distinguished educational leader that shapes a positive future for students and the many communities it serves. Mission - Through exceptional, dynamic living and learning environments, Northwest College dedicates itself to individual student achievement, diversity, global citizenship, and community vitality. Students

  • 1,719 credit students
  • 59% — full-time
  • 41% — part-time
  • 72% — Wyoming
  • 23% — other states
  • 4% — other countries

Campus Main campus, Powell

  • 132 — total acres
  • 62 — buildings (includes West Campus buildings)

Four off-campus centers

  • Mickelson Field Station (50 miles west of Powell)
  • Cody Center
  • Worland Center
  • Trapper Arena

Programs of Study

  • 52 — transfer degrees
  • 19 — technical degrees
  • 30 — certificates
This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

This school also offers:

Associate Degree

Early Childhood Education

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA Powell

The first two years of preparation for a career as an early childhood, elementary, middle school, or secondary teacher can be accomplished at Northwest College. The Education Department offers courses which teach the basic principles and theories of teaching and learning. [+]

Education

The first two years of preparation for a career as an early childhood, elementary, middle school, or secondary teacher can be accomplished at Northwest College. The Education Department offers courses which teach the basic principles and theories of teaching and learning. Through the cooperation of public school personnel, our students observe and gain practical experience in public school classrooms throughout the Big Horn Basin.

Academic advisors guide students in their career choices as well as advise them on course selection and transfer options.

Since teaching requires state certification, it is important that students consult with their advisors frequently to become informed of program requirements at four-year colleges. The catalog of the four-year transfer college must be consulted by the student when selecting courses.... [-]


Education

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA Powell

Whether you want to introduce young children to the magical world of books, share your love of learning with a teenager, or help developmentally delayed toddlers catch up with their peers, you can get the classes you need at NWC's Education Program. [+]

Whether you want to introduce young children to the magical world of books, share your love of learning with a teenager, or help developmentally delayed toddlers catch up with their peers, you can get the classes you need at NWC's Education Program.

Here's a little information about each of our programs. Contact us to find out if Northwest College has what you need to start a rewarding professional career in education.

Early Childhood Education

Associate of Science, Associate of Art

Students learn about teaching children ages birth through eight years old in Early Childhood courses. Observation, participation, and a practicum with a mentor are part of the exciting educational opportunities provided at Northwest College.... [-]


Graphic Design

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA Powell

Graphic designers combine art and technology to communicate ideas in visual form. Design involves creative, analytical, and technical information – a good designer must learn to excel in all three areas. [+]

Graphic designers combine art and technology to communicate ideas in visual form. Design involves creative, analytical, and technical information – a good designer must learn to excell in all three areas.

The graphic design program at Northwest College provides students with conceptual and technical skills in visual communication. You will gain competence in using the creative process, design principles, form, color, image, and typography to craft clear and compelling messages. Take advantage of the same state-of-the-art equipment and software used by professionals in the field while developing your skills.

Choose from an A.A.S. degree that gets you on the job in two years, or the A.S. degree that requires a four-year commitment but broadens the scope of your job opportunities.... [-]


Associate of Applied Science

Associate of Applied Science in Outdoor Recreation Leadership

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA Powell

This program offers students who are preparing to enter the outdoor and adventure job market a diverse background in multi-season land and water-based outdoor programming. [+]

This program offers students who are preparing to enter the outdoor and adventure job market a diverse background in multi-season land and water-based outdoor programming. Students in the Outdoor Education and Recreation program develop skills and experience related to leading groups in adventure-based outdoor recreation activities. This program is not designed for students planning to transfer to a four-year institution.

General Education Requirements

POLS 1000 - American and Wyoming Government (3) ENGL 1010 - English I: Introduction to Composition (3) ENGL 1020 - English II: Introduction to Literature (3) BADM 1005 - Business Mathematics (3) CO/M 1030 - Interpersonal Communication (3) BIOL 1080 - Environmental Science (Spring only) (3) ... [-]

Associate of Applied Science in Photographic Communications

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA Powell

The Photographic Communications Program prepares students for a career in professional photography. [+]

The Photographic Communications Program prepares students for a career in professional photography. Areas of commercial photography emphasis include studio illustration, portraiture, new digital media, and photojournalism.

With the latest in multimedia and digital technologies combined with traditional and historical processes, this all-encompassing program provides students with a wide array of skills as they develop a personal photographic vision.

From academic to professional endeavors, our full-time faculty bring into the classroom their expertise in this fast-paced, ever-changing industry. Then through project-based assignments and a hands-on approach, students learn real world visual problem solving.... [-]


Associate of Arts

Associate of Art in Psychology

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA Powell

Psychology studies all aspects of human behavior, including how we sense and perceive the world, how desires and feelings affect what we do, and how we learn and remember and create ideas. These recurring mental activities constitute our personalities and attitudes, and when different personalities interact, they are changed. [+]

Psychology studies all aspects of human behavior, including how we sense and perceive the world, how desires and feelings affect what we do, and how we learn and remember and create ideas. These recurring mental activities constitute our personalities and attitudes, and when different personalities interact, they are changed. To study these varied behaviors, psychology draws upon the knowledge acquired by most other academic disciplines. Hence, you will most likely enjoy and do well in psychology if you have varied interests, and have studied many of the subjects available in high school, including math and science.

Why study psychology at Northwest College? At Northwest College you can study everything in the first two years of a bachelor's degree program. Many psychology classes at most universities are large because psychology is a popular major, but at Northwest you will have small classes offering personalized attention from faculty who have worked in a variety of institutions, and you can interact with other students. A research course during final term will pull together many components of your other psychology courses and give you research skills needed in advanced work. Options for independent study include work with faculty who engage in mental health practice, education assessment, and psychological testing. What will I learn? Understanding of psychological goals, which include describing, explaining, predicting and shaping human behavior. Understanding of the many varied psychology concepts and theories and research findings used to describe and explain behavior. Abilities to describe, interpret, and evaluate research done by other... [-]

Associate of Arts in Art

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA Powell

The Northwest College Art Department offers a sequence of foundation courses and electives designed to build strong skills for work in the two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and graphic design areas. [+]

The Northwest College Art Department offers a sequence of foundation courses and electives designed to build strong skills for work in the two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and graphic design areas. Upon completion of these foundation courses, along with the general college requirements for graduation, a student may transfer to a four-year college or university, or seek employment with the confidence that comes from sound preparation.

Although the foundation courses are planned with the art program in mind, any student interested in expanding their understanding and enjoyment of art may enrol.

Total General Education Requirements: 39-42 Credits

Six hours of Visual & Performing Arts will be fulfilled by taking Core Courses.... [-]


Associate of Arts in Communication

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA Powell

The communication area offers a variety of coursework for students who plan to transfer to a four-year institution or better understand their communication patterns. [+]

The communication area offers a variety of coursework for students who plan to transfer to a four-year institution or better understand their communication patterns. Students planning to receive a bachelor of arts degree in this area need to review carefully the degree requirements of the college or university to which they plan to transfer. Speech communication courses are available to students under any degree or certificate plan as either fulfilling humanities requirements or as electives.

This program allows students to explore the field of communication as the basis for their associate of arts degree. The core provides students the basic coursework in the field while allowing them the flexibility to tailor their program to their individual needs. Students must successfully complete core courses with a “C-” or better to meet program requirements. Students who are planning to transfer to a four-year program may need to have additional hours beyond the program requirements at Northwest College in order to transfer in as a junior. These students should consult with their advisor and the appropriate four-year college catalog.... [-]


Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA Powell

Criminal Justice at Northwest College offers students an overview of the American criminal justice system and a survey of the theories, procedures, laws, and elements that guide our justice system. [+]

Criminal Justice at Northwest College offers students an overview of the American criminal justice system and a survey of the theories, procedures, laws, and elements that guide our justice system. Students acquire a general knowledge of the origins and methods of the police, courts, and correctional systems in America, as well as their design structure and operation. An Associate of Arts degree in Criminal Justice provides a solid foundation of coursework for students interested in pursuing a baccalaureate degree in criminal justice studies, those wanting to become a practitioner within the field, or professionals already working within the field who need educational upgrading. Students must successfully complete the core courses with a “C-” or better to meet program requirements. Students planning to transfer to a four-year program may need to have additional hours beyond the program requirements of Northwest College in order to transfer in as a junior. These students should consult with their advisor and the appropriate four-year college catalog.... [-]


Associate of Arts in International Studies

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA Powell

This program provides a solid foundation of coursework for students interested in pursuing a baccalaureate degree in international studies and for a wide variety of employment opportunities, both domestically and abroad. [+]

This program provides a solid foundation of coursework for students interested in pursuing a baccalaureate degree in international studies and for a wide variety of employment opportunities, both domestically and abroad. The program is interdisciplinary, and students have a great deal of flexibility in designing their program of study to match their career interests. Students majoring in international studies take a total of 21 hours from the international studies curriculum and eight hours of a single foreign language.

This program allows students to receive an Associate of Arts in International Studies degree. The core provides students the basic coursework in the field while allowing them the flexibility to tailor their program to their individual needs. Students must successfully complete core courses with a “C-” or better to meet program requirements. Students planning to transfer to a four-year program may need to have additional hours beyond the program requirements at Northwest College in order to transfer in as a junior. These students should consult with their advisor and the appropriate four-year college catalog.... [-]


Music

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA Powell

Music is life. That's all you really need to know. If you don't believe it, the NWC Music Program will set you straight. All day long, you'll sing, play, mix it up in large and small ensembles, learn the foundations and practice an instrument or two (and yes, all musicians are required to learn piano, no matter what their music specialty is). [+]

Music is life.

That's all you really need to know. If you don't believe it, the NWC Music Program will set you straight. All day long, you'll sing, play, mix it up in large and small ensembles, learn the foundations and practice an instrument or two (and yes, all musicians are required to learn piano, no matter what their music specialty is).

Your new home will be in an individual practice room, a high-tech music software lab, or a digital recording studio. You'll get to work with guest artists and attend a million (or so) concerts. Plus log some road time on performance tours.

Music. Is there anything else?

Sample Careers: Music Educator Music Performer Private Teacher Music Therapist Miscellaneous ... [-]

Associate of Science

Associate of Science in Accounting or Business Administration

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA Powell

This program provides students who wish to concentrate in the study of accounting or business administration with coursework that is a common base for advanced study and/or careers in business. [+]

This program provides students who wish to concentrate in the study of accounting or business administration with coursework that is a common base for advanced study and/or careers in business. Students who study in this area typically seek degrees at senior institutions in the fields of accounting, finance, management, marketing and personnel administration among others. A degree in business is a popular choice for students planning to attend law school upon graduation. Northwest College’s Business Department offers students an opportunity to build a solid foundation for further study in these programs.

Students planning to enter careers in business through advanced study at a four-year institution will need to have coursework beyond the program requirements at Northwest College.... [-]


Associate of Science in Agroecology

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA Powell

This program is designed for students interested in the application and integration of biological and physical sciences to sustainable crop production. [+]

This program is designed for students interested in the application and integration of biological and physical sciences to sustainable crop production. Students transfer into crop science or agronomy programs for careers in seed, fertilizer, and chemical industries, or in crop production. Transfer into a soil science or ecology curriculum can lead to land management and natural resource management positions. Students must successfully complete core courses with a “C-” or better to meet program requirements. Students planning to transfer to a four-year program may need to have additional hours beyond the program requirements at Northwest College in order to transfer in as a junior. These students should consult with their advisor and the appropriate four-year college catalog.... [-]


Associate of Science in Animal Science

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA Powell

The Animal Science curriculum provides a foundation in biological and physical sciences, augmented by applications to production in western environments. It prepares students to transfer into an advanced degree program in any of several options within animal science. [+]

The Animal Science curriculum provides a foundation in biological and physical sciences, augmented by applications to production in western environments. It prepares students to transfer into an advanced degree program in any of several options within animal science. Graduates find employment in feed and health product companies, livestock management and marketing, breed associations, government agencies, or the meat industry.

Students must successfully complete core courses with a “C-” or better to meet program requirements. Students planning to transfer to a four-year program may need to have additional hours beyond the program requirements at Northwest College in order to transfer in as a junior. These students should consult with their advisor and the appropriate four-year college catalog.... [-]


Associate of Science in Athletic Training

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA Powell

Being on the sidelines during the big game is tough for an athlete. You can make it easier with the knowledge and understanding of the body and injuries that will keep those athletes playing the sport they love! [+]

Being on the sidelines during the big game is tough for an athlete. You can make it easier with the knowledge and understanding of the body and injuries that will keep those athletes playing the sport they love! NWC’s Athletic Training program starts you on the exciting track to help prevent, evaluate, manage, and rehabilitate those injuries. In a competitive and collaborative setting, you will learn how to tape, treat, and rehabilitate athletes. After graduating, you’ll be prepared to transfer to a four-year school and the next step in becoming a Board Certified Athletic Trainer. This program provides a solid foundation for students planning a career as an athletic trainer. It prepares students to transfer to institutions offering bachelor’s degrees in athletic training. Students must successfully complete core courses with a “C-” or better to meet program requirements. At the beginning of the spring semester of their sophomore year, students must make application for admission to an accredited athletic training education program at a four-year institution.... [-]


Associate of Science in Biology

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA Powell

The study of biology includes courses designed to help students acquaint themselves with the structure and function of living organisms and to appreciate some of the ecological relationships existing in the world of life. [+]

The study of biology includes courses designed to help students acquaint themselves with the structure and function of living organisms and to appreciate some of the ecological relationships existing in the world of life. The biology courses required in this program parallel those found at four-year institutions and should transfer without difficulty. Students must successfully complete core courses with a “C-” or better to meet program requirements. Recommended courses are designed to aid students in completing their four-year degrees. Students planning to transfer to a four-year program may need to have additional hours beyond the program requirements at Northwest College in order to transfer in as a junior. These students should consult with their advisor and the appropriate four-year college catalog.... [-]


Associate of Science in Engineering

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA Powell

The various fields in engineering are related in that they all require a thorough understanding of basic scientific laws. [+]

The various fields in engineering are related in that they all require a thorough understanding of basic scientific laws. Engineers apply scientific knowledge and principles to the design and operation of machines, to the selection of materials, to the environmental betterment of humankind, and to the economical use of personnel, money, and energy.

The Associate of Science in Engineering degree emphasizes the traditional core of engineering at the freshman and sophomore level. The program provides basic education in engineering with sufficient flexibility to allow students to transfer to a variety of four-year schools offering bachelor of science degrees in engineering. Students must successfully complete core courses with a “C-” or better to meet program requirements. Students planning to transfer to a four-year program may need to have additional hours beyond the program requirements at Northwest College in order to transfer in as a junior.... [-]


General Studies

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA Powell

If you don't know yet which career path is right for you, General Studies will give you a foundation for almost any degree. You can explore your interests, plus we'll work with you in your freshman year to narrow your focus so your classes take you in the right direction. [+]

If you don't know yet which career path is right for you, General Studies will give you a foundation for almost any degree. You can explore your interests, plus we'll work with you in your freshman year to narrow your focus so your classes take you in the right direction.

General Studies A.A.

Degree Requirements

Government 3-6 credits English 6 credits Mathematics 3 credits Lab Science 4 credits Humanities 9 credits Social Science 6 credits Comparative Cultural Awareness 6 credits Wellness 2 credits General Studies A.S.

Degree requirements

Government 3-6 credits English 6 credits Mathematics / Lab Science 10 credits Lab Science 4 credits Humanities / Social Science 9 credits Comparative Cultural Awareness 1-4 credits Wellness 2 credits Miscellaneous ... [-]