What is BOCES?
BOCES stands for the Board of Cooperative Educational Services. It began in 1991 as a joint venture between Casper College and the Natrona County School District. Since that time, it has evolved to support several beneficial programs in Natrona County.
The board is made up of four Casper College trustees and four NCSD trustees who meet once a month at the locations listed below. All meetings are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
BOCES Board Meeting Dates/Locations for 2017:
- *Wednesday, Jan. 18 – Casper College
- *Wednesday, Feb. 15 – Casper College (program presentations)
- Monday, March 20 – Central Services (grant presentations)
- Monday, April 17 – UW-Casper in UU (Jorgenson Award Reception)
- Monday, May 15 – Central Services
- Monday, June 19 – Central Services
- Monday, July 17 – Casper College (budget hearing)
- Monday - Aug. 21 – Casper College
- Monday, Sept. 18 – Casper College
- Monday, Oct. 16 – Central Services
- Monday, Nov. 20 – Central Services
Monday, Dec. 18 – Central Services
*Change due to holiday on normal meeting day.
How is it funded?
BOCES receives money from Natrona County property taxes. Natrona County School District levies 1/2 mil and Casper College levies 1/2 mil. BOCES receives approximately $1.2 million annually from property tax levies.
What does BOCES do?
BOCES supports several programs in Natrona County:
- ACE - Jumpstart to College
- Adult Learning Center at Casper College
- Casper Mountain Science School
- Graduate Stipend Program for NCSD and CC faculty
- Robotics K-14 Program
- UW/CC Education programs and professional development opportunities
Numerous Innovation Grants, including:
- Math and Science Teachers' Conference
- Kinser Jazz Festival
- Equality State Book Festival
- Foreign Relations Year-long Seminar
Central Wyoming Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) exists to provide the citizens of Natrona County and Central Wyoming quality educational services which can not be provided as effectively or efficiently by the Natrona County Schools or Casper College when provided independently. The primary mission of the BOCES is three-fold:
a. to meet the educational needs of the community by training adult learners in programs leading to undergraduate and graduate education degrees earned in Casper
b. to meet the educational needs of high school students through cooperative articulated programs in technical and academic areas where students earn college credit while still enrolled in high school, and
c. to meet the ongoing needs of the community by serving as a catalyst for the development and implementation of innovative programs benefiting educational institutions, the business community, and the general citizenry.
The partnership that founded BOCES is continuing to provide enrichment and pathways to success for all ages of Natrona County citizens. The BOCES grant program is a tool for the Natrona County School District and Casper College for joint use to fund educational programs that may not have as significant an impact if acted upon separately.
BOCES has board meetings monthly; presenters may attend to request grant funding at the March meeting. This process requires contact with the Casper College Grant's office 1 1/2 months prior to the scheduled meeting. The grant form is provided as a download from this page and should be completed and returned to the Casper College Grant's office. All grants must have a CC and NCSD employee as co-directors. If there is a payroll portion of any grant, the co-directors are responsible for coordinating the payment from CC or NCSD prior to the grant presentation.
All presentations have a second reading at the following month's board meeting, where board members will approve/disprove grants. Letters will be mailed notifying grant requestors of the resulting vote with instructions on fund dispensing. This results in a total processing time of two months from presentation to award notice, and ultimately fund availability.
BOCES urges grant requestors to seek other funding in addition to funding requested from BOCES. Examples of other funding include, but are not limited to: fund-raising at schools, donation requests from local businesses and foundations, or private sponsorship. You must notify Jeana Lam-Pickett, 268-3309 or Katie McMillan, 268-2488 immediately upon receiving any pending funding from other sources. The BOCES Board Members are active on other boards and are aware of many of the grants from their functions on those boards. Updates not received by the grant requestors may place the grant in jeopardy of zero funding from BOCES if it is believed that the grant is seeking duplicate funding.
Any questions regarding the awarding and accounting practices for approved grants should be directed to BOCES, 268-3309, 125 College Drive, Casper, WY 82601.
Any NCSD or Casper College employee seeking grant funding should download the grant form, and after completed, turn it in to the Casper College Grants Coordinator, Katie McMillan. She will be able to assist with needed information and allow a smooth entry into the grant approval process.
Casper College Grants Coordinator
125 College Dr.
Casper, WY 82601
Beginning in February 2015, the Board will apply new criteria when awarding stipends. To explain briefly, awards will be prioritized according to the primary BOCES mission to support endeavors that are mutually beneficial to both NCSD and Casper College students. Thus, in terms of stipends for degrees, a high-priority degree is one that qualifies an NCSD teacher to teach an articulated Casper College course, especially one that currently lacks a qualified teacher. Degrees for NCSD teachers that do not qualify them to teach Casper College courses, or degrees for Casper College instructors (who are already qualified), are lower priority. NOTE: Higher Learning Commission credentials guidelines ask that instructors of bachelor’s transferable courses have a master’s in something, and at least 18 graduate hours in the discipline being taught (or in a closely related discipline). Credentials guidelines for instructors of associate-degree career and technical courses vary.
The initial application must be submitted during the current semester, or no later than thirty days after the semester has concluded. Stipends will not be paid retroactively. New applicants must complete the new application form, available here.
For more information, please contact:
125 College Drive
Casper, WY 82601
Students are expected to finish their program; otherwise BOCES has the option of requesting reimbursement for the stipends paid. Students must take classes that are part of the study program they are enrolled in and may not use the stipend for "occasional classes or workshops".