The Eastern Wyoming College Foundation has announced that the Panhandle Coop System, a patron-owned, community based company, dedicated to serving Families, Farms, and Food has invested in the College’s Agricultural Technology Education Center (ATEC).
Panhandle Coop has invested $50,000 in the state-of-the-art 28,000 sq. ft. facility that will become the destination for students, agribusiness, and community organizations.
According to John Hansen Director of Institutional Development for Eastern Wyoming College “Panhandle Coop’s investment will help advance agricultural education at EWC and ensure our students are on the cutting edge of technology.” Hansen continues “ATEC as it’s designed will strengthen and propel EWC forward in precision agriculture, agronomy, and animal science and with Panhandle’s investment, students will be industry ready.”
Panhandle Coop President & CEO Charlie Wright said, “Our region has a need for qualified agriculture employees that wish to reside in our region not only for service companies such as Panhandle Cooperative, but also the private sector which has a large need with farmers and ranchers. We feel the plans Eastern Wyoming Community College have developed will make them a premier educator in this arena which will benefit the region for years to come and we are happy to contribute to this opportunity for the good of our patron owners as well as ourselves.”
Eastern Wyoming College Foundation President Todd Peterson stated, “The Foundation is very grateful to Panhandle Coop’s generous investment. Panhandle Coop has been a very strong stakeholder for many years in Eastern Wyoming College’s service area. This investment is further proof of Panhandle Coop’s commitment to the agricultural community and the future agri-business leaders who will benefit from the educational opportunities provided with the new ATEC facility.”
ATEC is designed with four distinct laboratories, a 200-seat lecture hall, traditional classrooms, innovation spaces, and a 15,000 sq. ft. multi-use demonstration space for conferences, livestock clinics, and for use by youth organizations. The multi-use space will also provide boundless options for agribusiness and economic development opportunities.
ATEC is close to becoming a reality. The EWC Foundation is currently conducting a $1.2 million campaign towards erecting the building and the support of Panhandle Coop helps move the dream closer to reality.