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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:

BOCES AdDUAL 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 many courses will BOCES pay for?
    • Freshman: one course in the summer and one course in either the fall or spring semester of your freshman year.
    • Sophomore: one course in each semester: summer, fall and spring.
    • Junior: one course in the summer, two courses in the fall and two courses in the spring semester.
    • Senior: one course in the summer, two courses in the fall and two courses in the spring semester.
    • BOCES pays the tuition, fees, and books for these courses listed above. Students just pay for supplies.
    • BOCES NO LONGER PAYS tuition, fees or books for 900-level, private music studio, or physical education courses.
    • If a student wants to take more than the courses allowed in one semester, he or she can pay the additional tuition, fees and books.
    • For more information, click here.

  • 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. 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.
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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 Tim Wright, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Casper College, andWalt Wilcox, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction at Natrona County School District. BOCES Tues., January 27, 2015 - Central Services Facility
BOCES Tues., February 24, 2015 (Grant presentations) - Central Services Facility
BOCES Mon., March 16, 2015 - Central Services Facility
BOCES Mon., April 20, 2015 (Grant presentations) - Casper College
BOCES Mon., May 18, 2015 - Casper College
  BOCES Mon., June 15, 2015 - Casper College
BOARD MEMBERS: BOCES Mon., July 20, 2015 (Budget hearing) - Central Services Facility
  • Dave Applegate, Natrona County School District
  • Roy Cohee, Casper College
  • Lauren Griffith, Casper College
  • Elizabeth Horsch, Natrona County School District
  • Dana Howie, Natrona County School District
  • Susan D. Miller, Casper College
BOCES Mon., August 17, 2015 - Central Services Facility
BOCES Mon., September 21, 2015 - Central Services Facility
BOCES Mon., October 19, 2015 (Grant presentations) - Casper College
BOCES Mon., November 16, 2015 (Grant presentations) - Casper College
BOCES Mon., December 14, 2015 - Casper College
     
         

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) ::

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

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:

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

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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