More Information About Wyoming Works and Casper College

By: Lisa S. Icenogle

Casper College is providing readers with additional information related to the media release issued earlier today from the Educational Attainment Executive Council. You will find this additional information at the end of this joint release.

The Wyoming Education Attainment Council Executive Committee announced today the launch of the Wyoming Works program. The primary purpose of Wyoming Works is to provide programs and resources for adult students to learn a skill that leads to secure employment.

Wyoming Works was signed into law following the legislative session ending in March. The legislature allocated $5 million to support the program; $3 million of which will be used for individual student grants, and the balance will support program development. The allocation will be shared by all seven community colleges.

“I am excited about the launch of this program. We are not only advancing our post-secondary attainment goals but also ensuring Wyoming citizens have high-quality credentials to be competitive in the workforce,” said Executive Committee Co-Chair and President of Northwest College Stefani Hicswa.

Programs that qualify under Wyoming Works are those which meet labor and economic development needs and may be for-credit or noncredit. Many existing programs will qualify, and new programs will be developed.

“Businesses across the state are eager to demonstrate their workforce needs to community colleges to ensure the Wyoming Works program is a success for the newly trained employees, the schools that train them, and the businesses that hire them. This is especially true in the construction industry where private partners who have spent years working on workforce development issues are already engaged in the effort,” said Katie Legerski, executive director of the Wyoming Contractors Association.

Length of the programs will vary, from a two-week Certified Nursing Assistant certificate to a two-year welding degree. “This is the type of bold leadership that demonstrates the strength of the partnership among education, industry, and policymakers. Employers are sharing with us their needs and our community colleges are ready to respond,” said Sandy Caldwell, executive director of the Wyoming Community College Commission.

The Wyoming Community College Commission will manage rules and guidelines for the program, as well as the distribution of funds. During the commission’s regular meeting in Riverton, Wyoming, June 13, initial rules were passed unanimously, effectively launching the program. Student grants are now available, and additional information can be found by contacting any of the community colleges.

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The following are the Casper College programs eligible for Wyoming Works, many of which have both degree and certificate options: addiction studies, agri-business, auto body repair technology, automotive technology, bookkeeper, computer science, construction management, construction technology, criminal justice, cybersecurity, diesel power technology, electrical apprenticeship, electronics technology, engineering technology and design, hospitality and tourism management, leadership and organizational management, machine tool technology, manufacturing and automation technology, medical laboratory technician, occupational therapy assistant, paralegal studies, paramedic technology, pharmacy technology, phlebotomy technician, radiography, respiratory therapy, software application and support, web design, and welding. You can find more information on the Casper College website at www.caspercollege.edu/financial-aid/grants/wyoming-works.

Gainful employment disclosure: www.caspercollege.edu/programs-courses/gainful-employment.

Media contact: Lisa S. Icenogle
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