Western Wyoming Community College has identified five major goals for student success in order to assist students in developing abilities that will help prepare them to succeed in the world today and meet the challenges of the future. These goals are addressed in courses across the curriculum at Western, and methods of instruction and assessment are varied. Being aware of these goals as students pursue their education at Western will aid them as they work to demonstrate these abilities within various courses and contexts of college life.
See Issues From Multiple Perspectives
Develop Life Skills
To communicate competently requires the ability to express ideas clearly and effectively, and receive meaning and interpret ideas through various modes of communication. Although listening skills, computer skills, and group communication skills are important when communicating, speaking and writing are considered the primary modes that are essential for professional and personal success.
The ability to retrieve information is important in the world today where the vast amount of knowledge in any discipline is impossible to learn and keep within the human memory. The ability identify, evaluate and use reliable resources from a variety of sources, such as libraries, databases, internet, and interviews provides students with the skills to know how and where to locate the material necessary to help them in their professional and personal lives.
See Issues from Multiple Perspectives
The ability to see issues from multiple perspectives and think about consequences is essential in a global and diverse society. Global views and an understanding of the diversity in work, people, and life provide students with the ability to be productive in their communities and the world. Students must be aware that the same words and actions have different meanings to different groups of people. Therefore, to succeed, one must become more aware of and recognize these differing perspectives to avoid misunderstandings and miscommunication. The ability to recognize and objectively evaluate different points of view is essential for professional and personal success.
The ability to solve problems using critical thinking skills is essential for students to make connections and understand the different information and situations that occur throughout life. In the global and diverse world today, students must be able to understand and apply specific methods for solving problems within various contexts and disciplines. The ability to implement a problem solving strategy, participate in group learning activities, and to engage in active, “hands-on”, and experiential learning is necessary for students to be successful in their professional and personal lives.
Develop Life Skills
The ability to develop life skills is essential for students to make decisions and follow through. Developing life skills is necessary to interact with people in the global and diverse world today. The ability to identify, reflect, and plan on educational, career and life goals, use resources to improve personal wellness, and attend or participate in artistic, cultural, recreational events or extracurricular activities is necessary for students to be successful in their professional and personal lives. Students will learn that the responsibility, the decisions, and the consequences of how to balance classwork, recreation, work, and family lie with each individual.