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LCCC Catalog 2022-2023 
    Jun 24, 2024  
LCCC Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mission, Values, & Vision

Mission Statement

The Mission of Laramie County Community College is to transform our students’ lives through the power of inspired learning.

The campus community of Laramie County Community College (LCCC) is bound by a basic understanding that our students, regardless of how they arrive at LCCC, yearn for a better life by engaging in the process of higher education. We are compelled to aid this transformation by offering diverse educational experiences designed to be inspirational for all those involved in the learning process. While we recognize our work is diverse, the entirety of the work we do is grounded in the four foundational elements of the comprehensive community college mission:

  1. To prepare people to succeed academically in college-level learning (academic preparation);
  2. To engage our students in learning activities that will prepare and advance them through the pursuit of a baccalaureate degree (transfer preparation);
  3. To develop individuals to enter or advance in productive, life-fulfilling occupations and professions (workforce development);
  4. To enrich the communities we serve through activities that stimulate and sustain a healthy society and economy (community development).

Our Values

Core Values - We believe these values are inherent in the cultural fabric of the College and could not be extracted in any way. They define who we are and how we behave as a community. 

  1. Authenticity - With purpose and without pretense, we are steadfast in our dedication to deliver on a promise, product, or service meeting the needs of individuals we serve.
  2. Desire to Make a Difference - We engage in and pursue our goals for the opportunity to create better lives, better communities, and a better world for those who are here today and the generations that follow.
  3. Passion - Our institution is wholly dedicated to engaging in our work, sharing our beliefs, and debating the merits of any course of action as we strive to transform our students’ lives through inspired learning.
  4. Openness - We are committed to transparency through shared governance, where our best work fosters a culture of trust and respect as a college of choice.

Aspirational Values - We readily admit to a mismatch between our desire for these VALUES and their existence at the College. However, our strong aspiration for these values will shape the actions we take to ensure their universal presence at LCCC into the future.

  1. Commitment to Quality - We are committed to promoting a culture of evidence that compels us to continuously strive for greater competence, productivity, and excellence in serving our students and community.
  2. Inclusion - Leveraging the diversity of our talents, we engage in the practice of wide-ranging, open-minded discourse with civility and respect. Our work is objectively grounded in what is best for our community and the provision of equitable opportunity for all. 
  3. Innovative Agility - We embrace the notion of adaptability, where our curiosity leads to forward-looking and unique actions. We are unencumbered by convention, endeavoring to discover improved ways of serving our students and community. We strive to make the impossible possible.


The Big Goal

We aspire toward outstanding achievement in teaching and learning, degree completion, transfer success, workforce success, equity for all student populations, leadership and institutional culture. Our big goal is to be recognized for these levels of excellence as a finalist for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence on or before 2030. 

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Vision Statement

In the future we are no longer the best kept secret in the Rocky Mountain West. Our frontier mentality will not allow us to be encumbered by habits of old constructs. Rather, we are engineered to be nimble, driven towards innovation, striving to make the impossible, possible. Students and partners seek us because of what we do and what we offer. Our enrollment will reach record levels as a result of deeper engagement, an identifiably different student experience, and the value proposition of our programs and services. We will achieve equitable outcomes for all students, leading to good jobs and/or transfer with advance standing at our university partners. In turn, our region’s economy will be diversified in large part because of LCCC’s leadership. We intentionally catalyze change. 

Academic Freedom Statement

One of the most fundamental values at Laramie County Community College is academic freedom, which may be defined as the freedom to learn, teach, speak, research, and publish, subject to the norms and standards of scholarly inquiry, without interference or penalty, wherever the search for truth and understanding may lead. (Adapted from Oxford University)

Board of Trustees

Formulation of the policies for Laramie County Community College is entrusted, by Wyoming law, to a seven-member Board of Trustees. The trustees are elected for terms of four years. The board usually holds its regular business meeting on the third Wednesday of each month. Meeting notices are published in the local paper. The expiration year for the term of office of each trustee is shown in parentheses. The Board of Trustees maintains membership in the Association of Community College Trustees and the American Association of Community Colleges.

Wendy J. Soto, Chairman (Term Expires 2024)
Bob Salazar, Vice Chairman (Term Expires 2024)
Janine Thompson, Secretary (Term Expires 2022)
Don Erickson, Treasurer (Term Expires 2024)
Brenda Lyttle, Trustee (Term Expires 2022)
Carol Merrell, Trustee (Term Expires 2022)
Jess Ketcham, Trustee (Term Expires 2024)

President of the College

Joe Schaffer

Laramie County Community College Foundation


The Foundation was established in 1968 to develop and sustain support for Laramie County Community College through solicitation, management, and recognition of donations. The Foundation is dedicated to providing services and assistance to students, faculty, staff and the community, thereby enhancing a sense of tradition and pride that will assist in advancing the college.

2022 LCCC Foundation Board of Directors

Billie Addleman, President
Kathy Mawford, Vice President
Larry Walters, Treasurer
Dershie Barber, Secretary
Jeff Collins, Past President
Joe Schaffer, LCCC President
Don Day, Jr.
Wynema Engstrom
Mary Garland
Jeri Griego
Anna Marie Hales, Emeritus Board Member
Sheridan Hanson
Stig Hallingbye
Don Heiduck
Jess Ketcham, Trustee
Jera Likely
Del Lummis
Stacy Maestas
Scott Meier
Stephanie Meisner-Maggard
Carol Merrell, Trustee
Cindy Pomeroy
Barry Sims
Mark Stege
Sandra Surbrugg
Janine Thompson, Trustee
Sam Weinstein

LCCC Foundation Staff

Lisa Trimble, Associate VP of Institutional Advancement
Trista Wood, Director, Accounting LCCC Foundation
Kimberly Freimuth, Executive Administrative Assistant
Scott VanHorn, Development Officer, Major Gifts
Justin Gorman, Development Officer, Scholarships & Annual Giving
Amber Holen, Development Officer, Event Coordination

Inquiries concerning the Foundation should be directed to:

LCCC Foundation
1400 East College Drive
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82007