By Renny MacKay
Laramie, WY – A program the state legislature created four years ago to pay college tuition and fees for Wyoming combat veterans is proving popular. The executive director of the community college commission, Jim Rose, says there are 376 people in the program. He says that's a lot more than they expected and he is also surprised at how many veterans are seeking graduate degrees. "These people that have served the country are being afforded opportunities to advance their own education beyond getting a bachelor's degree, they can become credentialed in fields where advanced degrees are required. So, it's a very worthwhile program, but boy it has outstripped anyone's predictions."
Demand for the program has also outstripped funding. The governor has called for a million dollars for the program in his budget recommendation.