Laramie County Community College is working with the U.S. Census Bureau to achieve a complete and accurate count of the U.S. population in 2010. The partnership is part of a larger effort by the Census Bureau to increase participation in the 2010 Census.
The partnership will involve sharing information about the census at Laramie County Community College and encouraging students to complete and return their 2010 Census forms. Every year, the federal government distributes more than $400 billion to state, local and tribal governments based on census data.
Leaders use these data to guide planning decisions on where to build new schools, roads, hospitals, child-care and senior centers and more. Data also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives and affect college and university grant and loan programs.
Census forms have been delivered or mailed to students living off campus. In April or May, students living in on-campus housing will receive their forms. Census workers will visit households of students living off campus who do not return forms.
In addition, a representative from the Census Bureau will be on campus from March 19-April 19 in the Student Services area near the bookstore. Students are encouraged to come down and share their information with the representative in person.
Information shared with the Census Bureau is completely confidential. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondents’ answers with anyone, including other federal agencies and law enforcement entities. All Census Bureau employees take an oath of nondisclosure and are sworn for life to protect the confidentiality of the data. The penalty for unlawful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment of up to five years, or both.