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BOCES

Contact:

Jeana Lam-Pickett
BOCES Manager

Casper College
Gateway Building, Room 318
125 College Drive
Casper, WY 82601
P: 307-268-3309
F: 307-268-2731
E: jpickett@caspercollege.edu

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 three Casper College trustees and three NCSD trustees who meet once a month.
Click on the "Board Members/Meeting Dates" tab above for more information.

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:

Numerous Innovation Grants, including:

DUAL AND CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT PROGRAM:

Dual Enrollment

  • What is it?
    High school juniors and seniors may take any course offered at Casper College, as long as the student meets the course prerequisites. These courses will count for college credit and high school credit at the same time! In some cases, sophomores and freshmen are eligible as well. Students can take courses any time of the day or online.


  • Benefits of Dual Enrollment
    • Enhances curricular options, especially the senior year
    • Builds self-confidence
    • Provides a head start on college requirements
    • Eases the transition to a college environment

  • How do I sign up?
    Just fill out an ACE registration form, obtain the necessary signatures, and submit it to the Casper College Enrollment Services Office before the class begins. Jeana Lam-Pickett, BOCES Manager, is happy to meet with any student for advising (268-3309, Gateway Building, room 318).

Concurrent Enrollment

  • What is it?
    Concurrent Enrollment consists of courses that are scheduled and taught in the high school during the day. These courses are certified to be equivalent to the college level course, and therefore, students can choose to sign up for Casper College credit while taking these courses at their home high school.

  • How to I sign up?
    During the first week of class, your high school instructor will distribute ACE registration forms. Complete the form, obtain the necessary signatures and return it back to your high school instructor by the deadline.

  • What classes can I take?
    Click the links below for a complete list of concurrent courses offered at each high school:
  • How is this different from AP or IB courses?
    Some Advanced Placement (AP) courses and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses are also concurrent enrollment courses, but not all of them. At the end of an AP or IB course, the student must take an AP or IB exam. If the student passes this exam, he/she can take the test scores to any college and be granted college credit. In contrast, for concurrent courses, students are given the final grade they earn for the course, and this is added to their official Casper College transcript. They can then transfer these credits to most college in the United States. Both AP/IB and concurrent enrollment courses are rigorous preparation for college level work.

  • How Is this paid for?
    BOCES will pay for up to nine credits per semester of both dual and concurrent courses combined. BOCES pays the tuition, fees, and books for these nine credits. Students just pay for supplies.
    If a student wants to take more than nine credits in one semester, he or she can just pay the additional tuition, fees and books. Casper College does not charge anything extra after 12 credits, so the most any student would pay is for three credits.

  • How Many Credits Can I Earn?
    There is no limit to how many credits you can earn! Many students have completed their first year of college by the time they graduate high school. A few have even earned an Associate’s degree at the same time. If you take just one class or several, the experience will ultimately help prepare you for your transition to college!

  • Want to know more?
    For more information about ACE, Powered by BOCES, see your high school guidance counselor or contact BOCES Manager, Jeana Lam-Pickett at (307) 268-3309.
| Powered by BOCES | Powered by Natrona County Schools | Powered by Casper College |

MISSION:

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.

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• All meetings scheduled to begin at 4:00 p.m., unless otherwise listed •

BOCES BOARD

 
MEETING DATE
MEETING LOCATION
The Board of Cooperative Education Services consists of three members from the Casper College District Board and three members from the Natrona County School District Board.  The Co-Facilitators include Joanna Anderson, Vice President for Student Services at Casper College, and Mark Mathern, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction at Natrona County School District. BOCES January 22, 2014 - Casper College
BOCES February 19, 2014 (Grant presentations) - Casper College
BOCES March 17, 2014 - Casper College
BOCES April 21, 2014 (Grant presentations) - Central Services Facility
BOCES May 19, 2014 - Central Services Facility
  BOCES June 16, 2014 - Central Services Facility
BOARD MEMBERS: BOCES July 21, 2014 (Budget hearing) - Casper College
  • Dave Driggers, Natrona County School District
  • Lauren Griffith, Casper College
  • Dana Howie, Natrona County School District
  • Susan D. Miller, Casper College
  • Charles Robertson, Casper College
  • Suzanne Sandoval, Natrona County School District
BOCES August 18, 2014 - Casper College
BOCES September 15, 2014 - Casper College
BOCES October 20, 2014 (Grant presentations) - Central Services Facility
BOCES November 17, 2014 (Grant presentations) - Central Services Facility
BOCES December 15, 2014 - Central Services Facility
         

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, however, there are three scheduled months out of the year that presenters may attend to request grant funding: October, February, and May . 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.

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Casper College Grants Coordinator
Katie McMillan

125 College Dr.
Casper, WY 82601
307.268-2488

:: Grant Application Form ::
:: Grant Evaluation Form ::
:: Funding Guidelines (for Board Members) ::

BOCES AdThe Graduate Stipend program is available for full time Casper College administration and faculty and full time Natrona County School District administration and certified staff.

The Graduate Stipend program provides a stipend for the actual (documented) cost of tuition and books up to a maximum of $700 per semester for students pursuing an advanced degree including a Masters or Doctorate degree. Professional development courses, endorsement programs, and certificate programs do not qualify. We make payments once each semester (fall, spring, summer) so the most any one person can get in a calendar year is actual costs or a maximum of $2,100. Students may choose a program from any school that is regionally accredited and listed on the DOEd website. Students must be accepted to a program and provide documentation.

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.

The application form is available as a Word document or PDF. For more information, please contact:

Jeana Lam-Pickett
BOCES
125 College Drive
Casper, WY  82601
P: 307-268-3309
F: 307-268-2611
E: jpickett@caspercollege.edu

[ Application Form as PDF ] [ Application Form as Word document ]

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".

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