A Look at Campbell County’s Newest Individualized Supplemental Education Offerings

In April, local brother and sister duo Jason Jensen and Jamie Sanders launched Sylvan Learning Center of Gillette — the first franchise in the state of Wyoming.

Located in Gillette’s Camel Plaza, flanked by stores like Candy’s Taqueria and Forget Me Not Floral, their new business marks the national brand’s presence in all 50 states. This year, Sylvan also garnered a spot on the 60th Annual Entrepreneur 019 Franchise 500 Ranking. But Jensen and Sanders said their motivations speak more to their Campbell County roots than anything else.

“We’re from here,” Sanders said. “I’ve been an educator with the Campbell County School District for over 17 years and believe that our district offers some of the most amazing services and opportunities for its students. We want to build on what the district offers to help students succeed in all areas. After we kicked around a couple ideas, toured Sylvan’s Baltimore headquarters and a few of their competitors, we went for it.”   

The Pronghorn Elementary School fourth-grade teacher says they chose Sylvan for the company’s varied offerings from personalized tutoring, academic coaching, homework help, advancement and test prep to summer math camps, STEM camps, and so much more. In addition to one-on-one tutoring, Sylvan Learning also boasts ACT and college prep, something she said was important in their decision to franchise.   

“A lot of tutoring focuses strictly on kids that are below grade level. At Sylvan, we work regularly with high-achieving students as well as struggling students to help them attain even greater academic outcomes,” she said. “Students who come in looking for more of a challenge are learning and thriving here. Students who need extra help find that here as well.”

Her brother and business partner Jensen, an Edward Jones financial advisor, is more of a numbers guy. Over the past four months, their Gillette location has already serviced over 45 local kids and families through roughly 38 educational programs, classes and camps, he said.

“We’re helping students succeed with tailor-made education opportunities previously unavailable in Campbell County,” he said. “Just last week, a Gillette College student came in asking for a Spanish tutor to help with college-level courses. There’s something for everyone at Sylvan Learning of Gillette, and we’re truly here to help.”

Beyond Gillette, the siblings have plans to expand their enterprise throughout the state, but say their hometown will remain their primary focus.

“Again, we’re from here!” Sanders smiled.

Looking for ways to keep your child engaged this summer?

Sylvan’s Academic Camps are a no-brainer. Choose from fun and challenging topics like math, literature, and engineering and try Build-a-Bot, MakerCamp, or ACT Boot Camp. 

Sylvan Learning Center of Gillette
900 Camel Dr. Suite CC
Gillette, Wyoming 82716

(307) 257-2044

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By: Stephanie L. Scarcliff

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