GILLETTE (WNE) — Campbell County will find out Friday if its effort to form its own community college district will move on to the Wyoming Legislature.

The Wyoming Community College Commission will meet Friday morning to discuss and decide on whether to approve the Campbell County Commission’s application to create a new district centered around Gillette College.

“To be perfectly honest, I don’t know,” said Gillette resident Gregg Blikre, who is one of the seven Wyoming Community College commissioners voting on the application.

“We haven’t discussed it. We’ll discuss it in an open meeting on Friday the 20th,” he said. “Obviously, I believe that our town can support the college and I know that we can and we already have a college there. But I can’t tell you what the rest will do. I just can’t.”

It has been a long path involving many meetings with various organizations to get to this point.

Ultimately, if the commission approves Gillette College’s application, it will then be up to the Legislature to decide what happens next.

“My hopes are that they will agree that Gillette should have its own college district,” Blikre said, while acknowledging that he does not know how it will be received by the Legislature.

“I do believe that it’s imperative that they get the opportunity to take it up,” he said.

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