Cheyenne, Wyoming – The Wyoming Education Attainment Council Executive Committee announced 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.
Laramie County Community College, like other community colleges across the state, is participating in this new opportunity for students.
Wyoming Works was signed into law following the legislative session ending in March. The Wyoming 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.
Programs that qualify under Wyoming Works are those which meet labor and economic development needs, and may be for-credit or non-credit. Many existing programs will qualify and new programs will be developed.
LCCC programs available for this grant include:
- Computer Information Systems
- Datacenter Technician
- Electrical Technology Certificate
- EMS Paramedic
- Health Information Technology / Management
- Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning
- Industrial Maintenance Certificate
- Medical Claims Coding Associate Certificate
- Physical Therapy Assistant
- Plumbing Technology
- Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
- Surgical Technology
- Welding Technology
- Wind Energy Technology
"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," said Katie Legerski, executive director of the Wyoming Contractors Association.
Length of the programs will vary, from a two-week certificate to two-year associate degrees.
“This is the type of bold leadership that demonstrates the strength of the partnership among education, industry, and policy-makers. 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 WCCC will manage rules and guidelines for the program, as well as the distribution of funds.