A statewide education group introduced a program Thursday that will help adult students in Wyoming learn skills that lead to secure employment.
The program will be called Wyoming Works, the Wyoming Education Attainment Council Executive Committee announced.
“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 Stefani Hicswa, executive committee co-chair and president of Northwest College.
Wyoming Works was signed into law following legislation in March. The program was given $5 million, $3 million of which goes to individual student grants and will support program development, the announcement said.
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Distribution of the funds will be shared by all seven community colleges in Wyoming. The community college commission will manage rules and guidelines and distribute funds.
Length of programs will vary from a two-week Certified Nursing Assistant certificate to a two-year welding degree. Programs that qualify under the program must meet labor and economic development needs, the announcement said.
“This is the type of bold leadership that demonstrates the strength of the partnership among education, industry and policy-makers,” said Sandy Caldwell, Executive Director of the Wyoming Community College Commission. “Employers are sharing with us their needs and our community colleges are ready to respond.”
Student grants are now available and additional information can be obtained by contacting any of the community colleges, the announcement said.