Every student at WCC
studies a broad range of subjects including literature, history, philosophy,
theology, math, and science in an integrated and fixed curriculum. Each student
takes every course we offer in a set order with whatever professor they are
assigned. As a result, they learn to persevere since failing a course means
We are a Great Books
school. Rather than predigested textbooks, students study the original works. In
physics they read Sir Isaac Newton. In philosophy they read Aristotle and
Plato. In math it’s Euclid and Pascal. In each subject they face the greatest
minds who ever lived head on. Most classes use the Socratic Discussion method.
Professors don’t dole out the “right answers” by lecture. Instead they guide
the students to work through the material as a group.
In addition to the
academic component, students engage in our four-year Outdoor Leadership Program,
in which they lead group of peers through Wyoming’s mountains, rivers, and
As a Catholic
college we have an obligation to help our students grow in virtue and
consistently demonstrate ethical and moral behavior. There is a strict code of student
conduct, and no tolerance for dishonesty or laziness.
No one coming out of college
has all the knowledge they need to succeed in business. Even if someone knew
everything in the textbook, there are still many things to learn. A new
employee needs to learn how your
business works, who your customers
are, and how your products function.
And every business works differently. Additionally each new day brings new
challenges and changes. The faster a new employee learns how your business
operates, how he or she fits into your operations, and how to do things most effectively,
the sooner he or she will be an asset to you.
Because our students spend
four years wrestling with the world’s greatest authors and most difficult
questions, they are more than just smart; they have to be able to learn quickly
and stick with the task. At WCC, they can’t choose to take easy classes or
learn from an easy professor. They can’t decide on the fifth day of class that the
subject is too hard and drop it. They can’t bomb a course and just take it
again later. They’ve learned to stick with it and succeed.
That’s how business works. You
need employees who will learn the new things that are thrown their way and who
know how to complete their tasks. That is exactly what we train our students to
do. A degree from Wyoming Catholic College means that a young man or woman has
been challenged and stretched in disciplines that were out of their comfort
zone, overcame the challenges, and succeeded.
There is a saying: “To a man
with only a hammer, every problem is a nail.” By contrast, our students collect
a bag full of many tools, not just hammers. By studying a breadth of subjects, they
can look at problems from a variety of perspectives. Our integrated curriculum
helps them see the interconnectedness of everything they study. They strive to
find new ways of looking at issues and are constantly checking how new insights
fit with a broad paradigm of ideas. Your
business is also integrated. A change in production affects sales, marketing,
finance, and distribution. The ideal employee can see the interconnectedness
and make decisions accordingly.
In addition to the demands
of the curriculum, students are involved in extracurricular activities, lead
trips for the Outdoor Leadership Program, and make time to grow spiritually.
And 80% are on work study where, along with learning even more multitasking,
they realize that there is no such thing as a free ride. And as it is at WCC,
so it is in your business.
Communication is a word that
gets batted around all the time. Ignoring all the baggage tied up with that
term, businesses need employees who are good listeners, can work
collaboratively, can be persuasive and convincing to a roomful of people, and
can write clearly on complex topics. Again, our students practice these skills
every day. In class they listen to their classmates and their teachers as part
of polite and professional conversations about how to interpret difficult topics.
When they see a conclusion clearly, they speak persuasively to bring the rest
of the class along with them and written assignments are designed to synthesize
their new knowledge with other things they are learning.
While many schools claim to
be forming leaders, Wyoming Catholic College has a unique approach: We put our
students into difficult situations with real consequences and watch them become
real leaders. Over their four years, our students spend at least ten weeks in
the wilderness. After learning the basic backcountry skills, they all have
opportunities to plan trips, lead groups, and navigate the difficulties of the
terrain. And since they can’t hit “control Z” to undo a problem, their
leadership decisions have real consequences. If someone reads a map wrong, the
group might be camping in the snow, not be eating dinner till 10 PM, or have to
hike an extra 5 miles on tired feet. Artificial situations create artificial
leaders; real situations create real leaders.
In business, all situations
are real situations. Losing a client or missing a new product launch date has
consequences. You want to entrust your company’s future to leaders who have
already had to face the consequences of their decisions, rather than people who
have studied “leadership” in a classroom.
WCC students learn to be leaders, they also learn another skill that we believe
is just as essential: “Active Followership.” Our graduates understand that when
you are not in a leadership role, you have a duty as a follower to work actively
to support the leader and help the group reach the leader’s goals. If you are
the leader of your company, you need people who will follow you, support you, and
make your job easier. Our students are taught that, when they have the
knowledge and experience to step forward and lead they should do so, but, when
they don’t, to step back and support the one who should be leading.
The person with integrity is
steadfast and the same in every situation. On a large college campus, it’s easy
to hide. You can act one way in class, another way at dinner, and still another
way in your dorm. With our small campus, tight knit community, and clear code
of conduct, our students have nowhere to hide. They must live with integrity. Student
who are dishonest or lazy, don’t last. At WCC if you miss too many classes, you
don’t pass. If you show up late too many times, you don’t pass. You don’t have
time to make sure your employees are treating the company with honesty and are
working hard for the hours that you pay them. You need people for whom
integrity is habitual, a part of their lives and characters.
You don’t want theory, you want results. So put us to the test. Hire
one of our graduates or offer one of our students a summer internship. Test and see the WCC liberal arts advantage for yourself. We are striving for excellence in what we do and
we hope that you find that excellence in every one of our students and alumni.