Education in Powell
Park Co. School District #1
Park County School District #1 encompasses a geographical area of slightly over 1,400 square miles and includes the communities of Powell, Clark, Garland and Ralston. The District operates with seven attendance centers which include: Clark Elementary School, Parkside Elementary School, Southside Elementary School, Westside Elementary School, Powell Middle School, Powell High School and Shoshone Learning Center. With the exception of Clark Elementary (located in the community of Clark), all are within the city limits of Powell. Current K-12 enrollment is 1,600+ students.
Powell School Foundation
The Powell Schools Foundation is a non-profit corporation organized to encourage the involvement and financial support of the alumni, friends, parents, and staff. The Foundation's goal is to perpetuate excellence in education and to benefit students.
Through private gifts, the Foundation is able to enhance school programs over and above state funding levels, help students, and provide meaningful support for needed projects as they arise. A major gift from a Powell High School alumnus provided the catalyst to organize the Powell Schools Foundation.
Founded in 1946, NWC is a two-year, comprehensive community college serving Park County (tax district) and Park, Big Horn and Washakie Counties (service area). Current enrollment at NWC is 1,754 credit students - 64% — full time and 36% — part time with 73% of the students from Wyoming, 26% from other states, and 1%attending from other countries.
Northwest College is a dynamic learning community dedicated to educational excellence. Through their involvement with the College, students acquire the knowledge and skills to successfully achieve their transfer, career, workforce development, and life-long learning goals.
The College contributes to the educational, cultural, and economic vitality of communities in Park County and its service area. Through partnerships, distance education, and applications of new technologies, the College responds to changing community needs and new opportunities to extend learning beyond the classroom.
Northwest College also provides workforce training through is Center for Training and Development. The Center For Training and Development provides superior quality training programs for communities and businesses throughout the Big Horn Basin. Their mission is to enhance economic activity through education and training in concert with community and business needs.
University of Wyoming Outreach School
The mission of the Outreach School is to extend the University of Wyoming's educational programs to the people of the state of Wyoming and beyond with innovative and unique opportunities for learners of many ages, interests, locations, and motivations. Campus offices are located at Northwest College.
Powell Valley Community Education
Powell Valley Community Education's goal is to enhance the quality of life in our community by providing quality lifelong learning opportunities to friends and neighbors of the Park County School District #1 area. What is the Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES)?
The purpose of a BOCES agreement is to provide a method whereby school districts and community college districts may work together and cooperate to provide educational services. Park County School District #1/NWC BOCES is supported by a 1/2-mil tax assessed on property valuation in the Powell/Clark area school district. The assessment is used to pay salary and wages for a coordinator, and necessary administrative and program implementation assistance.
All classes, programs, and activities conducted by PVCE are expected to be self-supporting and are managed by the acting coordinator. PVCE provides many programs in cooperation with the school district, local businesses and agencies, Northwest College, the Powell Hospital and many community members and organizations, and numerous citizens of all ages, backgrounds and interests.
Community education's noncredit classes and workshops cover a wide range of topics. Registration fees cover the cost of instructors, supplies, advertising, brochure printing and development costs, and some administrative expenses, if necessary. These programs are supported through the cooperative efforts of Northwest College and Park County School District #1 in Powell through a Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES). Ideas for new workshops, classes and/or instructors are always welcome.
Park County Library System - Powell Branch Library
The Powell Library Club, founded in 1910, started the first public library in Powell - a shelf of books in Dr. J.D. Lewellwn's office. A few years later, the Fairview school was moved to the current site, the corner of 3rd and Clark streets, to become the first library building. A larger building, incorporating the original, was completed in 1934 and became a branch library of the Park County Library System in 1937. Further rebuilding and remodeling projects were completed in 1961, 1981, and 1992. The Powell Library Club continued to donate to the library until disbanded in 1995. The Powell Branch Library is a branch of the Park County Library System.