Driver's Education

The driver's education course is a program consisting of 30 classroom hours, six hours of one-on-one driving experience and six hours of observation as set forth by the Wyoming State Department of Education. The course meets the basic requirements of the Wyoming Department of Transportation.

REQUIREMENTS: (1) one parent must attend the first 1/2 hour of the first class (for those students under 18), (2) student must have their driving permit prior to registration (3) student must provide their own (insured) vehicle for the one-on-one driving portion of the class and (4) attendance is required at each class for certificate to be issued. Students who do not successfully complete the course may be eligible for additional instructional time for a fee.

Meet the Driver's Education Instructors

Driver's Education Instructor/ Coordinator


Jim WollackJim started his law enforcement career in 1976 with the Wyoming Highway Patrol. This career eventually led him to Westminster, Colorado, where he worked for the Westminster Police Department for 28 years in a variety of positions. This included police driving instructor, a position he held for 23 years. Jim was qualified as a master instructor by the State of Colorado and trained the trainers for law enforcement agencies from both Colorado and Wyoming.

Jim also has a 30 year history of coaching young people in a variety of sports and activities, including 11 years of coaching at the high school level. One of Jim's positions with the Westminster Police Department was as a School Resource Officer, where he worked closely with students in a broad variety of situations.

Jim is now the classroom instructor for the Drivers Education Program at Laramie County Community College. He also coordinates and schedules the in-car driving and observation components of this program as well as occasionally sitting in as an in-car instructor himself.

In-Car Driving Instructor


Manny FardellaManny began his law enforcement career in 2001, serving in his home state of New Hampshire. He worked for multiple small-town agencies serving in capacities such as patrol officer and juvenile officer. In April 2008, Manny relocated to Cheyenne to work for the Cheyenne Police Department. After working on patrol for a few years, Manny became a School Resource Officer first serving at Johnson Junior High School then transferring to South High School in April of 2016. Currently, Manny is also serving as the President of the Wyoming School Resource Officers Association. Beyond course instruction, Manny enjoys umpiring baseball and traveling.

With a passion for working with youth and several years of experience on the road, Manny looks forward to enhancing the learning experience for those participating in the LCCC Driver's Education Program.

In-Car Driving Instructor


Matt JordingMatthew (Matt) Jording has been an in car driver's education instructor for roughly 10 years. In that time, he has had the opportunity to work with many student drivers. He enjoys working with each driver to improve their skills on the road and to help them be the best driver they can be. When he is not working as an in car instructor, he works at Kia of Cheyenne and spends time with his two children. Recently, he has also taken on the task of head coach for the Cheyenne Mustangs 10U team. He looks forward to working with the students and teaching them what he can while driving on the road!

In-Car Driving Instructor


Kevin MalatestaKevin Malatesta is a current police officer and a prior teacher. With this background he brings knowledge of safe driving habits and statutes along with a learner focused approached to driver's education. Kevin is currently the Public Information Officer for the Cheyenne Police Department where he focuses on public education, with driver's safety being a high priority.

Prior to becoming a police officer with the Cheyenne Police Department in 2013, Kevin was the assistant coordinator of GEAR-UP at LCCC, helping to make Jr. High and High School students college ready. Kevin also taught English for two years in Armenia through the US Peace Corps.

As an in-car driving instructor at LCCC, Kevin wants to ensure that students learn to drive safely and carry forward the lessons of driver's education into a lifetime of safe driving habits.

In-Car Driving Instructor


Rob RodriquezRob has been an in-car instructor with the LCCC Driver's Education program since 2014. When working with students, his goal is to instill mental and physical driving skills to help make students safe drivers and to mitigate risk using situational awareness techniques in everyday driving situations. Rob strives to create a fun, high-challenge, low-threat learning environment for students when driving, regardless of the student's experience level, using positive reinforcement. He feels honored knowing the lessons learned in our program can prevent accidents and save lives, which is the ultimate goal.

Rob was raised in Cheyenne and graduated from Central High School in 1988 and joined the Air Force soon afterward. Following his initial enlistment, Rob attended Cheyenne Airmotive School of Aviation in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and obtained an Airframe and Power plant certification and went on to earn his Associate's Degree from Westwood College in Denver, CO. In addition to teaching driver's education, Rob is also a certified motorcycle Basic Rider Coach through the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and has been coaching Moto classes since 2008. He enjoys outdoor recreational activities, fitness, riding his motorcycle, and spending quality time with his family and pets.

In-Car Driving Instructor


Chad SeidelIn 1987, Chad Seidel began his career working as a "company driver" and off-road message carrier for his unit while serving in the United States Marine Corps. Upon his discharge in 1990, Chad joined the Cheyenne Police Department. His prior experience with formal vehicle operators training helped Chad become the agency's lead Motor Officer Instructor and also the agency's Emergency Vehicle Operator Instructor. Chad trained with the Denver Police Department to develop a driver training program for the Cheyenne Police Department. His training program focused on both classroom and hands-on driving to produce safe, responsible vehicle operators.
He was certified with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation as an instructor and worked with the State of Wyoming to provide Basic Rider training to students interested in learning how to ride a motorcycle.

Chad is now an in-car driving instructor for the Laramie County Community College and looks forward to assisting your new driver develop lifetime strategies to better identify and reduce the risks associated with driving.

In-Car Driving Instructor


Rob BowerRob graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1991. During his 28 years in law enforcement, he had the opportunity to work at both the local and federal levels. He retired from the Cheyenne Police Department in 2019. Over his career, he worked in many capacities to include training new police officers. While his kids were young, he coached youth baseball, football and basketball. Rob enjoying working with kids and believes that teaching them safe driving habits will help keep them safe for years to come.