Northwest College (NWC) and the Wyoming Military Department (WMD) are pleased to announce that a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been completed, granting NWC use of the Powell Armory located at 1102 East 7th Street in Powell. The facility is located approximately one mile east of the main campus. It is expected to serve as the new home for the Northwest College Center for Training and Development, which focuses on economic and workforce programming.
“For years, Northwest College has had a critical need for a larger academic space to serve existing and future career and technical program needs,” states Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs Dave Erickson. “With the addition of this facility, we will be able to better support existing programs, such as our CDL, electrical, and plumbing/HVAC certifications, with space designed for year-round instruction and unique programmatic needs.”
As part of the five-year agreement, Northwest College and the Wyoming Military Department are working together to share office space and classrooms. “The opportunity to expand workforce programming is very exciting as we move forward with our strategic plan,” says NWC President Lisa Watson. “The Wyoming National Guard has a proud history of engagement in the Big Horn Basin. As both our needs change, working together to support each other for the benefit of our community and operations of our buildings is a great way to streamline resources.”
“Uniting education and service, our partnership with Northwest College exemplifies the Wyoming National Guard’s dedication to community progress. Together, we forge a path toward excellence,” says Maj. Gen. Greg Porter, Wyoming National Guard adjutant general.
The building will remain an asset of the Wyoming Military Department, with routine maintenance and utilities paid for by NWC and major maintenance retained by the WMD in cooperation with NWC. The Powell Armory was previously home to the 960th Brigade Support Battalion. The 13,729-square-foot facility was constructed in 1983.