NWC News Desk

Coffee and a survey coming to many Park Co. folk

Posted January 12, 2007

P O W E L L, W y o. - Park County residents will find a coffee card in their mail this week. Good for one free cup of coffee at Northwest College's 7th Street Grille, the card is packaged with a community survey. The responses from the survey will be used by NWC to better understand how Park County residents view the college.

Cody residents got their chance last year when Northwest surveyed residents living in its outreach center locations (Cody and Worland.). This time, Clark, Garland, Meeteetse, Ralston, Powell and Wapiti are the targeted communities. The surveys are part of the NWC's five-year plan to tap into attitudes about the college across its service area, which includes Park, Big Horn and Washakie counties.

"The college's image is its most important asset," Mark Kitchen, NWC's vice president for college relations, said. "Because perceptions can drive behavior, it's important to know how NWC is perceived." Kitchen said Northwest is trying to get a better understanding of attitudes and perceptions about the college as it makes curricular and promotional plans for the future.

Designed to take only five minutes or less to complete, the survey includes questions about classes, training needs, enrollment status, factors in choosing a college, campus visits and how information about Northwest College is received, among others. The survey can be filled out online.

"Perhaps the most important question," Kitchen said, "is the last one, which asks residents to ‘tell us how Northwest College can serve you better.' This gives every individual a voice at NWC to help shape the college's future."

Northwest asks that survey responses be returned by Wednesday, Jan. 31.

For more information about the survey, e-mail Kitchen or call (307) 754-6405.