Black Hills Energy’s gifts to LCCC help create new community lounge

CHEYENNE, WYO. — Black Hills Energy, a longtime supporter of Laramie County Community College and its Foundation, will be recognized for their efforts at a special ceremony in February.

The Black Hills Energy Community Lounge will be unveiled at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2. Located on the first floor of the new Clay Pathfinder Building, the area will serve as a gathering place for students and others who would like to meet, study or simply enjoy some time on campus.
The entire community is welcome to attend the ceremony.

"This area has great visibility to students and the public alike," said Ann Nelson, the LCCC Foundation's Director of Corporate Development and Major Gifts. "It provides a wonderful visual acknowledgement to the longstanding commitment to LCCC."

Funds given to LCCC from Black Hills Energy served as a kickoff gift to start the capital campaign for renovations and expansion to the Ludden Library and Learning Commons on campus.

"It is our hope that the Black Hills Energy Community Lounge will become the heart of the new Clay Pathfinder Building," said Shirley Welte, the company's vice president of Wyoming operations.

According to Nelson, Black Hills Energy's financial support for this project totals $50,000.

Coupled with a partial match from the state of Wyoming, the company's gifts to the college exceed $280,000.

As part of the partnership between the two entities, LCCC will continue to facilitate internships, tours, and career opportunities for our students and community members.

The company has been a donor to the college since 1993.

For more details about the event or the LCCC Foundation, call (307) 778-1285 or email office@lcccfoundation.edu.