Fremont County is home to Wyoming's first Certified Nursing Assistant Association
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Help for Health, Fremont County BOCES and Morning Star Care Center are spearheading the Fremont County Certified Nursing Assistant Association (FCCNAA).
Fremont County BOCES Executive Director Kristen Benson shares no other Certified Nursing Assistant Association exists in Wyoming. The FCCNAA will meet quarterly starting on November 7th, 2019. These meetings will celebrate the CNA position, attendees can earn 1 CEU and receive an association card, there will be door prizes, guest speakers, and CNAs will have a voice in what training they need.
Benson notes the yearly membership fee for the FCCNAA is budget-friendly; individual membership is $20 a year and organization membership is $75 a year. A year membership is considered from November to November. Any CNA in Wyoming can apply. Registration is open and you can download an application.
You can contact Dr. Kristen Benson for any questions at (307) 856-2028 or by email.
Fremont County Nurse Training Featured On KCWY13
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If you're looking to become a certified nursing assistant... Fremont County has an intensive course training students for the healthcare field Fremont County BOCES Technical Director Dr Kristen Benson said "this is a hands-on class, there is a theory component of it which is very important, but there are skills where you have mannequins, we have hospital beds down there we have stethoscopes, we have blood pressure cuffs."
CNA students say the hands-on training and an experienced teacher get them ready for their clinicals and the work-force beyond.
CNA student Tiffani Manor said "her feelings and her hands on of the handling of different situations is something you don't get in a lot of classes, they’re not taught by a lot of people who have been out in the real world. So it's nice to have that knowledge coming from Terri and that hand-on experience to share with us."
Students vary in ages from 16 to 65... each one has a specific reason they want to be a nursing assistant.
Manor mentioned "there's a lot of people in there taking it for personal reasons to help out family members and relationships at home that are actually getting to take care of loved ones which is wonderful. The rest of us are kind of looking at a way to try and help out other people in our lives and that's kind of wonderful all the way around."
Dr. Benson stated "they take a special person to do that, that care for the elderly, our elderly are you know they're our history they’re our grandparents, they're our aunts and uncles."
The program is not for the faint of heart and students learn what it’s like to work in a fast paced environment.
Dr. Benson said "we usually have ten to twelve students in a class and they usually last three and a half weeks, four hours a day, it is an intense class. Five days a week, four hours a day."
Manor stated "it is hard-core and it is pound it out, Terri Wilson is a great instructor and we’re learning a lot and she’s keeping us very upbeat which is wonderful."
Long-term care facilities across the state have a high interest in the nurses trained with this program.
Dr. Benson said "they call us, or they say have you had a class yet? When will they be done? All the time we get those calls and it's pretty encouraging."
High-school students who take part in the program earn high school credits as well as healthcare experience.
The certified nursing program has been active for over ten years….and is approved through the Wyoming state board of nursing.
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Secretary of Labor Perez said Job Corps Programs strengthen America; Ribbon cut on Wind River Job Corps Center in Riverton
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(Riverton, Wyo.) – United States Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez this morning told the current 75 students at the ribbon cutting of the Wind River Job Corps Center “you can do anything you put your mind to if you work hard, play by the rules and continue to invest in your future.” The Secretary was joined by U.S Senator Mike Enzi, a champion of the center from it’s beginning 10 years ago, Governor Matt Mead, Riverton Mayor John L. “Lars” Baker and the National Director of Job Corps, Lenita Jacobs-Simmons in a celebration of the new center. The first students at Wyoming’s only job corps center began arriving on August 5th. At full capacity, the center will host 300 students.
“Fifty-one years ago, Job Corps was conceived with the fundamental proposition that when we open doors of opportunity, when we help a young person rise above adversity and unlock her potential, we don’t just empower a single person; we strengthen our communities and the entire nation,” said Secretary Perez. “Today, we open the doors of Job Corps for the first time in Wyoming, and welcome all young people who walk through them with the sincere aim of taking control of their future,” Perez said to a large crowd of community members and students who filled the new center’s outdoor amphitheater.
“This center is making good of the promises made of economic freedom for all who are willing to work for it,” Perez said.
Enzi said the new center “has tremendous potential for Riverton, Fremont County, Wyoming and the whole United States.” He said the decade of work it took to establish the center here “would result in decades of opportunity” for those young people who are trained here. He said Riverton “was the best place in the state to put it,” referring to the job corps, and noting that the state’s highest rate of unemployment is here and that within the county, the Wind River Indian Reservation has an even higher rate of joblessness.
Wyoming’s Senior United States Senator said he was missing a vote to be here, but he called the entire event awesome. “You work on many things, many dreams, and some actually happen,” he said after the event. “I was not sure this would come true but we kept hammering away at it.” He also credited Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) of helping secure the funding for the center.
Mead noted that Wyoming was the last state in the union to receive a job corps center, and he quipped, “you saved the best for last.” Speaking to the several hundred people in attendance, the governor said the realization of the Wind River Job Corps after 10 years of struggle resulted from persistence and showed that “we never give up on our young people.” He had special praise for Fremont County BOCES Director Sandy Barton, who he credited with “seeing the need and never giving up on it. The journey is now complete.”
The American Legion Post 81 color guard of Fort Washakie presented the colors, drum groups from the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribes performed a flag song and honor songs and the Tribal blessing was delivered by Northern Arapaho Elder Mark Soldierwolf.
Job Corps students toured the day’s guests through the seven building campus and acted as hosts for the event. The center’s Student Government Association also led the assemblage in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Sen. Enzi with Eastern Shoshone Chairman Darwin St, Clair Jr. and Northern Arapaho Chairman Dean Goggles cut the ribbon.
Labor Department announced $41M contract with Management and Training Corp. to run Wind River Job Corps
By Benjamin Storrow, Casper Star-Tribune
RIVERTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor has signed a five-year, $41 million deal with a Utah company to operate the new Wind River Job Corps center here.
The deal represents the culmination of a decade-long push to build a Job Corps center in Wyoming, the only state in the nation to lack such a facility. The center will provide education and job training to disadvantaged youth from Wyoming and the Rocky Mountain region.
"It is so important because we have a population of students in Wyoming that have not been served," said Sandy Barton, executive director of the Fremont County Board for Cooperative Education Services, which spearheaded the effort to build the center.
Management and Training Corp., of Centerville, Utah, was selected by the Labor Department to operate the residential program on a newly constructed campus near the Riverton airport. The company operates 21 Job Corps centers nationwide.
The firm was chosen on the basis of its past performance, technical approach, staffing and cost, said Egan Reich, a spokesman for the Labor Department. He said the government could not disclose the number of companies that applied to operate the center.
"Job Corps is the nation's premiere residential, job-training program and will be a significant asset to the state," John Pedersen, a Management and Training Corp. executive, said in a statement. "This center will be the first in the country to provide training in the energy industry, offering a petroleum technician program in partnership with oil and gas companies in the area."
Marathon Oil, Conoco Phillips, Devon Energy and Encana Corp. helped design a curriculum geared at preparing students for work in the oilfield, Barton said.
The campus includes a mock oil and gas field.
"A major part of it is lifestyles," Barton. "They have to learn the lifestyle of the oil and gas field. They’ll be out there when it's minus 40. They’ll have the clothes. They should come out with eight certifications."
Other training fields will include diesel mechanics, construction, facilities maintenance, welding, office administration and accounting.
The Job Corps program was established in 1964 as part of President Lyndon Johnson's "War on Poverty."
The Wind River center will serve students from families below the federal poverty limit. It is expected to serve up to 300 students between the ages of 16 and 24, most of whom will live in two dorms on the Riverton campus.
Classes are free. Wyoming students will be given first preference, but pupils from other Rocky Mountain states can apply if there are unfilled slots.
Wyoming has a large population of high school dropouts who will be helped by the center, Barton said. Homeless youth and children aging out of foster care also will benefit, she said.
"We needed a different pathway for students when public school couldn't meet those needs," Barton said.
Construction on the six building campus was completed in April. Classes are expected to begin later this year.
The center still faces several logistical hurdles before classes can begin. A staff of between 100 and 120 people needs to be hired. Furniture must be moved in.
But the center today is poised to open, something that once seemed far from certain, said Barton.
Barton first was approached about the idea of establishing a Job Corps center in 2005. It took two years to put together the application to the federal government. In 2008, after a concerted lobby effort by Sen. Mike Enzi, funding for the Wyoming center was approved.
Enzi hailed the news Monday, saying the deal with Management and Training Corp. brings the center one step closer to reality. He said it would ensure Wyoming citizens receive the training needed to be competitive in today's workforce.
"These students will learn to grow their skills to land high paying 21st century jobs in these essential sectors of our state’s economy," Enzi said. "Wyoming has employers ready to hire skilled graduates right now and this center will train students here in Wyoming to fill those positions.”
Wind River Job Corps to produce big economic boost to Riverton & County, Wyoming State Economist said
(Riverton, Wyo.) – The economic impact of the construction and opening of the Wind River Job Corps Center in Riverton is expected to create a big boost to the Fremont County economy. The Principal Economist for the State of Wyoming's Economic Analysis Division, Wenlin Liu, said the project in 2015 alone is expected to add 465 jobs in direct and indirect impact from the final construction push and start of operations at the center. Once in operation, the job numbers will decrease as construction workers exit the community and as the Job Corps ramps up, with a permanent net job growth of an estimated 218 workers by 2020. At any one time, there are about 140 workers on the site.
The economic impact numbers were created by the state at the request of Fremont County BOCES Executive Director Sandy Barton. Fremont County BOCES has been key in coordinating the acquisition and development of the Job Corps programming and energy industry partnerships.
"The numbers of people entering the community will also need grocery, restaurant and other services," he said, "those are the secondary impacts. Permanent impacts would include a need for 76 additional households (at an average of 2.5 people per household). Based on the U.S. Census Bureau's 72.4% rate of home ownership in Fremont County, there would be a need for 54 housing units for sale." Liu also noted that property taxes would grow with increased housing and a corresponding increase in sales taxes with additional population
The U. S. Department of Labor expects to have the construction project completed by April of 2015, with operations to begin in the late spring, early summer.
The seven building campus will serve 300 students whose average length of stay will be about eight months. It will take approximately 6 months to fill the center to its student capacity, adding 20 students per week. Once at capacity, the Job Corps Center will serve 550 students per year.
Liu said a Regional Economic Mobility model, or REMI, predicted the economic impacts from baseline information over the past three years combined with projections through 2020.
"For Riverton, this is a pretty big project. There are not many jobs this size. The secondary job market will benefit from this big project," Liu said.
The Wind River Job Corps Center is expected to employ 122 full time staff, including teachers and counselors and its annual operating costs are estimated between $10 and $15-million per year.
The Wind River Job Corps Center will include training options for production energy (oil, natural gas), construction training, facilities maintenance, office administration, welding, commercial driver's license, heavy equipment and diesel mechanics and accounting.
With a construction budget of $41.3 million, every single dollar invested in the Job Corps should result in nearly two dollars returned to the community.
Barton added that the Wind River Job Corps will also decrease our dropout rates and increase our graduation rates in Wyoming.
The Wind River Job Corps center from the air earlier this month. The center is slated for completion in the spring of 2015. (Chuck Hoelzen Photo)
A wide aerial view of the Wind River Job Corps Campus with the City of Riverton in the background. (Chuck Hoelzen photo)
Sen. Enzi visits Wind River Job Corps
Sen. Enzi visits BOCES classes in Lander
(Lander, Wyo.) – Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., is visiting Fremont County this first half the week as part of a planned tour of 40 different operations around the state. His staff says the tour is for him to learn about various industries and what needs he might be help to with from his seat in Washington, D.C.
This morning, Enzi visited Lander Valley and Pathfinder High Schools. He visited several BOCES classes, including military science, welding and green construction. Pathfinder's Green Construction class is funded in-part by a Workforce Investment Opportunity program that Enzi worked on at the federal level.
Sen. Enzi observing the work of a couple Pathfinder students in the Green Construction Class. (Photo by County10)
FC BOCES student built duplex recognized today; Only the third one in USA
(Riverton, Wyo.) – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi was the keynote speaker this morning at the recognition ceremony for Wyoming's first student-built Silver LEED Certified residence. It is also the first LEED certified residence in Riverton.
Fremont County BOCES Green Construction Academy Coordinator RaJean Strube Fossen said the duplex unit took a total of 92 students three summers to get the residence built with an average of 12 to 24 students working on the home at one time. Students came from Riverton, Lander Valley, Wind River, Pathfinder, Fort Washakie, Wyoming Indian and St. Stephens high schools.
LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices as determined by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Fossen said the structure just missed being gold certified by three points. She also noted that there are only 14 other LEED certified residences in the state, 11 of them in Teton County. She noted that there are only three student-built LEED Certified residences in the entire United States, and Riverton has one of them.
"This duplex is well built with recycled wood and other materials, it is well insulated, it features high efficiency furnace filtered air for greater indoor air quality, it was built with radon mitigation in place, and it is 15 percent more energy efficient that the city code requires," Fossen said.
Enzi, who guided the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act through Congress, and was the congressional spearhead for the Wind River Job Corps Center, said the duplex is a great project. "We need to get more kids involved in using their hands," he said. "Education must include all possibilities for kids. Find out what they want to do, and what they need to learn to do that. That's what we need to do," he said. Enzi credited FC BOCES Executive Director Sandy Barton for her roles in local workforce development, from FC BOCES Programs to the Job Corps Center.
RaJean Strube Fossen and Sandy Barton hold the Silver LEED Certificates for the duplex. (Photo by County10)
The FC BOCES Green Construction Academy Duplex is the first student-built LEED Certified building in the state and the first LEED Certified residence in Riverton. (Photo by County10)
LEED house is one of just three built by students across the nation
By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer, THE DAILY RANGER
Community members gathered Tuesday to recognize a student-built duplex as the first LEED Silver-Certified building in Wyoming and in Riverton.
U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi was there as well.
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification is administered through the U.S. Green Building Council and recognizes the 18 mandatory measures that had to be met in order to acquire that top certification.
Enzi was the guest speaker for the ceremony held at the Project Green duplex location on South Broadway and East Madison Avenues. He said the community should celebrate the success of the students who built it.
About 100 students from several Fremont County school districts played a big role in implementing what they learned to build the duplex. It took three summers to complete it. They used energy-efficient materials and construction methods learned through their hands-on experience with the Green Construction Academy.
Executive director of Fremont County BOCES Sandy Barton pointed out the push by Enzi to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act, which guarantees workers have access to education and skill training, and that employers have the skilled workforce needed to be competitive.
"We did it by eliminating 15 programs that didn't work," Enzi said.
Students worked through the Green Construction Program for the training. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provided funding and $1.5 million in stimulus money was awarded to Fremont County BOCES in 2010 through the State Energy Sector Partnership Grant.
"We've got to get more people, more students involved to use their hands," Enzi said. "We've got to encourage them in their education and make sure it includes all of the possibilities."
RaJean Strube Fossen, director of the Green Construction Program, said there are 13 LEED homes in Wyoming but only three student-built LEED homes in the entire nation.
She said the carpets are non toxic, the outside air is filtered, and either recycled or locally produced materials were used to build the house. It has EnergyStar appliances, low-flow toilets and faucets, and maintenance-free fixtures overall.
The home reached a score of 72 for its certification and would have been gold-certified if it had reached 75, Strube Fossen said. Issues including shipping in special construction materials, however, placed it just short of the highest rating.
Fremont County School District 25 appropriated the land to the Fremont County Board of Cooperative Education Services, which collaborated with Green Construction Academy to bring in student workers from Riverton High School, Lander Valley High School, Pathfinder High School, Wind River High School, Wyoming Indian High School, Arapahoe Charter High School, St. Stephen's High School and Fort Washakie High School.
The duplex was completed June 30, 2013.
FC BOCES Student Built Duplex to receive LEED Certification; First in Riverton and Wyoming
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(Riverton, Wyo.) - A student-built duplex in Riverton has earned the distinction of being the first student-built LEED Certified building in the state, and it's the first LEED Certified residential structure in Riverton. The duplex was built over a two-year-long span by students in the Fremont County BOCES Green Construction Academy.
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. LEED Certification means the house was constructed to save on energy and water costs and to provide a healthier indoor living environment. Non toxic carpets, paints and finishes were used where possible, and outside air is filtered. Other benefits include added value to the home over non-certified dwellings and that fact that to obtain a LEED certification, over 18 mandatory measures must've been met.
Sustainable, recycled, reclaimed and locally produced building materials were used in the construction with very little waste. The home is well insulated, features highly efficient water fixtures and fittings, and EnergyStar appliances and fixtures.
A LEED recognition will be presented on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 beginning at 11:30 am at 409 South Broadway Avenue, Riverton, WY.
Wind River Job Corps Center Will Help Meet Wyoming’s Workforce Demands
By Wyoming Department of Workforce Services
RIVERTON – Today's ground breaking of the Wind River Job Corps Center signals another step forward in ensuring Wyoming's employers have access to a highly-skilled workforce ready to get to work.
Employers will work closely with the Wind River Job Corps Center to develop programs they need to fill positions within their companies. In addition to life skill education, job training will be offered to students in areas of energy production, CDL driving, heavy equipment mechanics, welding and other careers.
Years of work by federal, state and local leaders resulted in today's ground breaking. Sandy Barton of Fremont County Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) was a key individual in the effort to bring the Job Corps Center to Wyoming.
"Today is a significant day for Wyoming's communities and for the many individuals that will benefit directly from the range of opportunities that the Wind River Job Corps Center will bring," said Barton. "Job Corps all over the country see the potential in those who may have yet to recognize it within themselves. To many, the Wind River Job Corps Center will result in self sufficiency, career readiness and skill development- all elements of bright futures."
The Wind River Job Corps Center will play an important role in helping students to successfully make the transition into the workforce resulting in self-sufficiency.
"This new facility will engage Wyoming's young people and help foster their talents – here at home. At the same time, the skills developed by these students will empower Wyoming's businesses to more effectively run their operations," said Director of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services Joan Evans. "The Department of Workforce Services looks forward to our continued partnership with the Wind River Job Corps Center."
Information and data provided by the Research & Planning (R&P) section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services helped identify future needs of employers for workers and the skills of jobseekers in the community. This information was also used to help develop the programs and services offered through the Wind River Job Corps Center.
R&P recently released new industry and occupational employment demand projectionsto 2022 for Wyoming. The latest projections show the number of openings for industrial machinery mechanics is projected to grow an estimated 20.2 percent from 2012 to 2022, while truck drivers (heavy and tractor-trailer) will see an estimated 20.2 percent growth for the same time period. In addition, Wyoming will see a continued demand for registered nurses, with an estimated growth in jobs of 19.2 percent from 2012 to 2022. Use of industry and occupational projections allows policymakers and workforce development agencies to determine labor market needs and make investments in programs that will meet those needs.
To view additional industry and occupational projections, please visit http://doe.state.wy.us/lmi/projections/ind-occ-prj-2012-2022/full.pdf
Job Corps is a federally-funded education and vocational training program run by the U.S. Department of Labor to train economically-disadvantaged people ages 16-24.
Energy Partnership firming up details of Job Corps Gas and Oil Production Field; Tour construction site
By ERNIE OVER, County10.com
(Riverton, Wyo.) – Work on the Wind River Job Corps Center is progressing at a rapid rate with walls of the 60,000 square foot education building taking shape and foundations being prepared for the Administration/Medical Center building and the north and south dormitories. A pad has also been prepared for a field production unit to be located on the east side of the site where students will have the opportunity
Members of the Fremont County BOCES Energy Partnership met Thursday afternoon and toured the site. The partners assembled earlier in the day to continue working on equipment acquisition plans for a simulated Oil and Natural Gas Production Field at the center. The field will contain the production and support equipment for two separate wells, one for natural gas and one for oil. The natural gas production train would uncle a wellhead, a production unit, compressor, a dehydrator, controls and a flare stack. The oil production train includes a well, a pumping unit and a heater/treater. Two tanks, one for oil and one for water, would also be placed in the production field, which will be 100 feet wide by 250 feet long. The production field is located on the east side of the Job Corps construction site.
The energy industry partners on the project include Encana Natural Gas USA, Devon Energy, ConocoPhillips, and Marathon Oil. The partners also supported the formation of the FC BOCES Energy Exploration Program and are supporting the Second Wind Energy curriculum at Central Wyoming College. Since the Wind River Job Corps Center will be the only one in the nation with an energy industry emphasis, support of the partners was critical in development of the curriculum.
The field production units will include actual equipment used in the day to day operations of producing natural gas and oil, but they will not be operating units. Student will be able to work with the production trains to become familiar with industry practices and learn how to operate the units. Other components of the industry will be taught in classroom settings, and the shops at the Job Corps Center will be equipped with tools used in the industry.
Each of the energy partners will be obtaining equipment from the “bone yards” to be placed at the field production facility, and vendors serving the industry will be asked to provide other supporting equipment and tools.
The Energy Partners who participated in Thursday’s meeting and tour include, from left: Rick Mickelson-ConocoPhillips, John Schmidt-Encana; Bridget Ford-Encana, Bill Skelton-Devon, Dave McDonald-Devon and Justin Lajeunesse-Marathon. The photo was taken at the site for a joint natural gas and oil Production Field at the Wind River Job Corps in Riverton. (Photo by Ernie Over)
Sandy Barton and RaJean Strube Fossen referred to plans at the Production Field Site (Photo by Ernie Over)
The Education building, 60,000 square feet in size, will be the largest structure on the Job Corps campus. (Photo by Ernie Over)
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Groundbreaking for Wind River Job Corps Center Friday in Riverton; Enzi said employers are ready to hire
By ERNIE OVER, County10.com
(Riverton, Wyo.) – Over 150 people gathered Friday morning on a bluff overlooking Riverton for the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Wind River Job Corps Center. Federal, Wind River Reservation, State, County and Local officials were there for the event,which featured Sen. Mike Enzi as the keynote speaker. Wyoming's Senior U.S. Senator praised the effort and the individuals and organizations who fought for the center. Enzi also said he was happy to support the project because of the benefits that it would bring to Wyoming in the form of a trained workforce for those who need the jobs the most. "We have employers ready to hire the graduates right now," he said. Enzi recounted the history of how the center became to be authorized in a bipartisan effort with Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa, and how the two worked to protect funding for the project until the contract could be let.
The City of Riverton was framed in the background of Friday's event. (EO)
The Wind River Job Corps Center site is on the second bench above the valley of the Wind River, a hill known to locals as Griffey Hill. The view of the valley below and the Wind River Range on the western horizon is spectacular at the site, something more than one speaker referred to at this morning's event. The site was leased to the U. S. Department of Labor by the City of Riverton and, thanks to a $1.5 million grant from the Wyoming Business Council, utility infrastructure has already been put in place at the job corps site. The city is in the final stages of completing a two-million gallon water tank that will serve the Job Corps, and western Riverton. A reconstruction of the Airport Road leading to the site is also in the works. Rafter H. Construction of Rexburg, Idaho was the successful bidder to be the general contractor. The $41.3 million bid includes construction and landscaping of the 7 building job corps campus, which is expected to employ 400 workers during the construction phase, with 100 permanent employees after the center is in full operation. A total of 300 students will be served at the center once it reaches full capacity.
As the large group settled into their chairs, a moment of silence was held for the late Sen. Robert A. Peck of Riverton and the late Eastern Shoshone Tribal Liaison Eddie Wadda, both champions of the center and of youth who both passed away before the project became a reality. Riverton Public Works Director Bill Urbigkit was also acknowledged. As Mayor Ron Warpness said, “Bill has worked tirelessly on this project for years and it is a cruel twist of fate that he is not able to be with us this morning due to a health issue.”
"We all knew that this glorious day would come, even though in a small dark corner of our mind the public voices we would sometimes hear 'it will never happen' would rear is ugly head. We would beat back that fear with a big smile and a strong positive confirmation of 'Yes It Will.' We were right. They were wrong," Warpness said.
Fremont County BOCES Executive Director Sandy Barton noted that today was "Six years, six months and two days" since Congress authorized the Wyoming Job Corps Center, which she credited Senator Enzi with guiding the project through Washington's bureaucracy.
Letters of congratulations from Sen. John Barrasso, Rep. Cynthia Lummis and Gov. Matt Mead were read, as they were unable to attend the ceremony, but they were represented by their respective Wyoming staff members.
The new Eastern Shoshone Tribal Liaison, Sara St. Clair, said the jobs this center will produce "are a godsend to our youth."
Northern Arapaho Tribal Liaison Gary Collins praised the cooperation between five levels of government, Tribal, Federal, State, County and Municipal, who worked together to make this day happen. "It was nothing short of a miracle to get five governments working together," Collins said, who also mentioned the opportunities for future cooperation.
Representing the U. S. Department of Labor at Friday’s event was Linda Soliz, the Dallas Regional office of Job Corps Director. The architect for the project, Carol Coover-Clark of Denver also attended. Fremont County’s state legislative delegation was present, including Sen. Eli Bebout, Rep. Patrick Goggles, Rep. David Miller, Rep. Lloyd Larsen, and Rep. Rita Campbell. Travis Becker represented the Fremont County Commissioners and members of the Riverton City Council were on hand, plus representatives from area school districts, the Wyoming Department of Education, the Wyoming State School Board, the Wyoming Community College Commission and Central Wyoming College. Wyoming Workforce Services was also represented along Roger Bower, regional director for the Wyoming Business Council.
Among those who hoisted the gold painted shovels were representatives of the local Energy industry, who will play a large role in the educational programming of the Center, which is to have an Energy Industry focus, the only one of its kind in the country. Representatives from Marathon, Encana, Devon, and ConocoPhillips were all in attendance.
Editor's Note: County10.com's Managing Editor Ernie Over was the Master of Ceremonies for the groundbreaking ceremony.
Job Corps breaks ground in Fremont County
By BOB BECK, Wyoming Public Media
Today, the long awaited ground breaking for the 41 million dollar Wind River Job Corps took place. The project was first conceived in 2005 and thanks to support of Senator Mike Enzi it finally received federal approval. It's the first Job Corps for Wyoming which is the only state without such a facility.
Sandy Barton of the Fremont County Board of Cooperative Education Services or BOCES spearheaded the effort from the start. She told Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck that it will have a major impact on Fremont County and the state.
Click here to listen to the WPR interview
$41 million bid awarded for Riverton job training center
By SUSAN ANDERSON Star-Tribune business editor
A longtime dream of Wyoming educators and workforce leaders came closer to reality Wednesday with the announcement that a bid was awarded to build a Job Corps Center in Riverton.
The U.S. Department of Labor gave the $41,303,762 million project to Rafter H Construction of Idaho.
This will be the first Job Corps Center in Wyoming, the last state to get such a center.
When fully operational in 2017 as expected, it will employ about 110 teachers, trainers and staff to provide job and life skill training to at-risk young adults. The program will focus on training in energy production, driving, heavy equipment operation, mechanics, welding and health technologies.
It will be the only Job Corps program in the nation to offer energy-focused job training, according to Sandy Barton, executive director of the Fremont County Board of Cooperative Educational Services. Barton is a former teacher and past member of the state Board of Education who has worked on the Job Corps grant application process since 2005. She said that Job Corps is considered "the nation's most effective dropout recovery program."
Barton predicted that Job Corps will be so successful that it will decrease Wyoming's high school dropout rate and increase high school graduation. And she said, "Our mission is to recognize students and get them into Job Corps before they drop out."
"The idea is to train them in a job so when they go to work they are off of social services and self-sufficient," she added.
Riverton Mayor Ron Warpness expects the center will "dramatically change the economic climate in Riverton, as well as the lives of countless young people that will gain the skills and abilities" that will help them secure good jobs.
The center is like a small college campus, including seven buildings that include dormitories, classrooms, a recreation center and a cafeteria.
Riverton used a Wyoming Business Council grant to pay for water and sewer infrastructure for the site, at 4200 Airport Road on Riverton property leased to the Department of Labor.
The program is designed for people between the ages of 16 and 24 described as "at-risk." It is free for the participants. To be eligible, students must meet low-income guidelines and have "barriers to employment," such as needing extra career training, education, counseling and help to complete regular schoolwork or to find and keep jobs.
Job Corps enrollees may be school dropouts, runaways or homeless young people.
How did Wyoming get an expensive federal government program in these tight times? It's a long story involving bipartisanship and persistence from Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo.
One day about seven years ago Enzi heard Sen. Tom Harkins, D-Iowa, talking about his state's need for another Job Corps Center. Enzi convinced his colleague that Wyoming should get its first center before other states got multiple ones, and Harkins took up the cause.
When there was money left in a budget, Harkins exercised his privilege as chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee to be sure that Wyoming got its Job Corps Center. (His state, Iowa, got its center, too.)
Enzi said that making the case that a center should be placed close to the Wind River Indian Reservation helped convince decision makers that there was great need in Wyoming for job training. He said the Northern Arapaho and Shoshone tribes were crucial partners in the application process.
How Job Corps works
When the Wyoming Job Corps buildings are completed in 2015, the program will phase in gradually, with about 25 students per month coming in. The students can stay two years, with all of their expenses paid. Barton said that the average stay is eight months as the students work on a high school degree or GED while receiving industry training.
When the students graduate and are placed in their jobs, Job Corps provides case managers for up to 18 months. They help the students adjust to working life, assisting them in everything from finding an apartment or a car to locating child care.
A groundbreaking is scheduled for the Riverton campus on Aug. 9. There will be about 100 workers during the construction phase.
Barton said that none of the three bids submitted for the job came from Wyoming; they were from Florida, Oklahoma and Idaho. "We were hoping a Wyoming firm would apply, but we're glad the contract went to a contractor in the region," she said.
An artist's rendering of the future Job Corps Center in Riverton. The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded a bid to construct the job training campus, which should be operating in 2017.
JULY 3, 2013
CONTACT INFORMATION: SANDY BARTON, FREMONT COUNTY BOCES
856-2028 OR 851-6292
July 2, 2013 the Department of Labor posted on FBO.GOV an announcement of the Award of Bid for the Wind River Job Corp Center. The Contract award date was June 28, 2013 to Rafter H Construction, LLC of Rexburg Idaho in the amount of $41,303,762. The proposed Wind River Job Corp will be built on property at 4200 Airport Road on City of Riverton property leased to the Department of Labor. The Wind River Job Corp Center consists of 7 building which have a total of approximately 162,000 gross square feet and consists of a Welcome Center, Administrative/Wellness/Student Service Buildings, Educational/Vocational Building, a Cafeteria/Warehouse Building, a Recreation Center and two 2-story dormitories The work shall also include major site improvements in the form of clearing, grading general landscaping roads, parking, drainage, connection to all utility lines, installation of geothermal wells and site/security lighting for the new buildings. The City of Riverton has utilized a Wyoming Business Council Grant to install water and sewer infrastructure for the site and plans to complete improvements to Airport Road from U.S. Highway 26 (West Main) to the entrance of the Center. Fremont County BOCES has partnered with the city of Riverton, the Arapaho Tribe, Shoshone Tribe, Fremont County Commissioners and numerous Energy Industry partners to help bring the project to reality. U.S. Senator Mike Enzi has been instrumental in bringing the project forward. The Wind River Job Corp Center will be the first Job Corp facility in the State of Wyoming which was the only state without a Job Corp in the nation until this time. The Center is expected to employ approximately 100 full time staff in its mission of providing job and life skill training to young adults in areas of energy production, CDL driving, heavy equipment mechanics, welding and health technologies careers. Students will be between 17 and 24 years of age and the student population is expected to be approximately 300 at any given time.
Fremont County BOCES and our partners have been working on this project since 2006. It represents the hard work and perseverance of everyone involved to bring it to fruition. We expect that it will dramatically change the economic climate in Riverton as well as the lives of countless young people that will gain the skills and abilities to gain employment and careers. We also expect that it will help fill a need for skilled workers for the energy industry and health care industry in Wyoming and the region. The skills and abilities that the students will gain at Wind River Job Corp Center will translate into stable careers and help transition the young adults into productive members of the workforce and community.”
A pre-construction meeting, partnering meeting and ceremonial ground breaking will be scheduled in the near future and coordinated with the Department of Labor, National Job Corp Office, congressional delegation, project partners and City staff.
Contract Award Date:
June 28, 2013
Contract Award Number:
Contract Award Dollar Amount:
Contractor Awarded Name:
Rafter H Construction, LLC
Contractor Awarded DUNS:
Contractor Awarded Address:
207 Georgetown Drive
Rexburg, Idaho 83440-5274
Contracting Office Address:
200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room N-4649
Washington, District of Columbia 20210
Place of Performance:
4200 Airport Road
Riverton, Wyoming 82501
Job Corps 'definitely' coming, says federal official
By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer, The Riverton Ranger
Contractors see campus details; bids due June 13
Federal representatives arrived
in Riverton this week to discuss
the next steps in the development
of the Wind River Job Corps
Center in Fremont County.
The $30-40 million facility is
scheduled to open in 2015, providing
academic assistance and
career and technical training to
about 550 students ages 16-24.
Miriam Holst, a contract specialist
with the U.S. Department of
Labor, said it will be important to
stick to the schedule once students
start to enroll.
"Students are recruited in
advance of the opening of the center,"
Holst said. "They make a
commitment to enroll in these
programs. (So) if Wind River isn't
ready when we say we hope to
have it ready, many of these students
may decide to leave the program.
And we don’t want to see
Delays also will hurt the local
economy, she said - the WRJCC
should employ about 100 people
once it opens.
Bids for construction are due
June 13, with contracts expected
to be awarded by June 30.
The center originally was set to
open in 2011, so Holst said she is
excited the process is moving forward
now. She said CooverClark
and Associates out of Denver has
been working on the design for the
campus since 2008.
"So this project has been out
there for a period of time," Holst
said. "We hope to get this project
off the ground."
Later, she offered more confidence
that the WRJCC would be
built in the coming years.
"I'm going to say 'definitely' for
Wind River," Holst said. "We certainly,
certainly hope to see this
Carol Coover-Clark described
plans for the "pedestrian" campus,
which will include seven buildings
measuring up to 165,000 square
feet. The structures will be built in
a circle surrounded by a loop road
and parking areas, while the center
of the property is dedicated to
walkers. Coover-Clark pointed out
the dry creek running through the
middle of campus, with a basketball
court and sand volleyball
"It's a lot like you'd see at a normal
college campus," she said.
"There are places to live, play, eat
She said a 200-square-foot welcome
booth will be built on the
northwest corner with a covered
bus pavilion for students waiting
to take public transportation off
campus. A driveway will guide visitors
into the property and toward
a 20,000-square-foot administrative
office and clinic which neighbors
a 34,000 square foot education
building to the east.
'Clean and dirty'
"It's comprised of what I'd typically
call clean and dirty classrooms,"
Coover-Clark said of the
education building. "Some classrooms
are more like (a lecture
hall), then there are classrooms
where they're welding and doing
shop kinds of things."
The job corps will have an
energy industry focus, but officials
said coursework also will be available
in construction, heavy equipment
and diesel mechanics, electrical
and facilities maintenance,
office administration, medical
office and allied health work, and
Sandy Barton, executive director
of the Fremont County Board
of Cooperative Educational
Services, pointed out that the energy
training will be focused on oil
and gas production and not only
"(Rig work is) short lived and not good for our students," she
said Wednesday. "They're doing
production (so they can get) long
term jobs for 20-30 years."
Coover-Clark said a 17,000-square-foot cafeteria
and warehouse will sit southeast of the education
building, and a 19,000 square-foot recreation building
will be built next door.
"The little rec building here has a basketball court
and some other kinds of workout areas inside,"
Next to the gym will be two 26,000 square-foot
dormitories, one for men and one for women, and
Coover-Clark pointed to plans for a family dorm
and child care facility in the future.
"Those are not in this bid today, but they could
be in the bid tomorrow," she said. "Currently it's an
unfunded piece of the project that will be added to
make this really a comprehensive live, work and play
Contractors are invited to submit questions about
the project to contract specialist Olivia Thorpe at
Thorpe.email@example.com by noon on May 15. Holst
said answers will be posted online on or around May
By Ernie Over, managing editor, county10.com
It's a Go! Contractor’s pre-bid conference for Wind River Job Corps set May 8th in Riverton
(Riverton, Wyo.) – Riverton City officials this morning announced that the city will host the pre-bid conference for contractors interested in bidding on the Wind River Job Corps Center. The conference is scheduled for May 8th.
"This is an exciting benchmark on a very important project here in Riverton" said Mayor Ron Warpness. "The hard work and diligence of Senator Mike Enzi has been instrumental in making this day a reality."
City staff received word from the Department of Labor that the solicitation notice had been posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website www.fbo.gov on this morning. Contractors interested in the project should download the solicitation from the government website.
The Wind River Job Corp Project was originally proposed in 2006. Former Mayor John Vincent said today's announcement "is a great day for all of our Job Corp partners." The City of Riverton has partnered with the Northern Arapaho Tribe, Eastern Shoshone Tribe, Fremont County Commissioners, Fremont County Board of Cooperative Education Services (FC BOCES), Wyoming Business Council, Wyoming Water Development Commission, state and congressional delegation to move the project to reality. In addition, FC BOCES has spearheaded partnerships with energy partners to develop curriculum applicable to the job market in Wyoming. Conoco-Phillips, Encana, Devon and Marathon have committed to provide working models and full-scale equipment typical of the oil and gas industry for training in these fields. The Job Corps center in Riverton will provide academic assistance and career and technical training to about 550 students from throughout the region and will be the only Job Corps Center in the nation that is focused on Energy Industry careers. High school and General Equivalency Diploma programs will also be offered along with other trades such as Construction, Heavy Equipment/Diesel Mechanics, Electrical and Facilities Maintenance, Office Administration, Medical Office and Allied Health plus Welding curriculum components, according to Sandy Barton, Executive Director, FC BOCES.
"This project is testament to what the residents of west-central Wyoming can accomplish when they work towards a common goal” Warpness said Friday morning. The proposed new center consists of 7 buildings which have a total of approximately 161,000 gross square feet (GSF) and consists of a Welcome Center, Administrative/Wellness/Student Services Building, Educational/Vocational Building, a Cafeteria/Warehouse Building, a Recreation Center and two 2-story Dormitories. It will be constructed on City owned property near Airport Road known to locals as "Griffey Hill". The City of Riverton has worked closely with Coover-Clark Associates during the design phase of the project. Water and sewer infrastructure has been installed for the campus facilitated by a grant from the Wyoming Business Council. The City of Riverton is also constructing a two-million gallon water tank adjacent to the site that with associated pump stations will provide domestic water and fire suppression for the facilities which is partially funded by the Wyoming Water Development Commission.
Barton said Thursday that she expected movement on the project after learning that the contract had been awarded for construction of the New Hampshire Job Corps Center earlier this week. "We were next in line," she said. New Hampshire and Wyoming were the only two states without a job corps center.
The sign at the site of the Wind River Job Corps Center on Griffey Hill along Airport Road (Ernie Over photo)
APRIL 26, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Pre-bid conference for the Wind River Job Corp Project scheduled for May 8, 2013
(RIVERTON, WY) The City of Riverton is pleased to announce that it will be hosting the pre-bid conference for the Wind River Job Corp Project at City Hall tentatively scheduled for May 8, 2013. "This is an exciting benchmark on a very important project here in Riverton" said Mayor Ron Warpness. "The hard work and diligence of Senator Mike Enzi has been instrumental in making this day a reality" according to Mayor Warpness. City staff received word from the Department of Labor that the solicitation notice had been posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website www.fbo.gov on Friday, April 26th. Contractors interested in the project should download the solicitation from the government website.
The City of Riverton has partnered with the Northern Arapaho Tribe, Eastern Shoshone Tribe, Fremont County Commissioners, Fremont County Board of Cooperative Education Services (BOCES), Wyoming Business Council, Wyoming Water Development Commission, state and congressional delegation to move the project to reality. In addition, the Fremont County Board of Cooperative Education Services (BOCES) has spearheaded partnerships with energy partners to develop curriculum applicable to the job market in Wyoming. Conoco-Phillips, Encana, Devon and Marathon have committed to provide working models and full-scale equipment typical of the oil and gas industry for training in these fields. The Job Corps center in Riverton will provide academic assistance and career and technical training to about 550 students from throughout the region and will be the only Job Corps Center in the nation that is focused on Energy Industry careers. High school and General Equivalency Diploma programs will also be offered along with other trades such as Construction, Heavy Equipment/Diesel Mechanics, Electrical and Facilities Maintenance, Office Administration, Medical Office and Allied Health plus Welding curriculum components, according to Sandy Barton, Executive Director, Fremont County BOCES.
"This project is testament to what the residents of west-central Wyoming can accomplish when they work towards a common goal" commented Mayor Warpness. The proposed new center consists of 7 buildings which have a total of approximately 161,000 gross square feet (GSF) and consists of a Welcome Center, Administrative/Wellness/Student Services Buildings, Educational/Vocational Building, a Cafeteria/Warehouse Building, a Recreation Center and two 2-story Dormitories. It will be constructed on City owned property near Airport Road known to locals as "Griffey Hill". The City of Riverton has worked closely with Coover-Clark Associates during the design phase of the project. Water and sewer infrastructure has been installed for the campus facilitated by a grant from the Wyoming Business Council. The City of Riverton is also constructing a 2M gallon water tank adjacent to the site that with associated pump stations will provide domestic water and fire suppression for the facilities which is partially funded by the Wyoming Water Development Commission.
By Ernie Over, managing editor, county10.com
BREAKING NEWS: Wind River Job Corps Contractor solicitation released today by Department of Labor
(Washington, D.C.) – The United States Department of Labor today published a solicitation for contractors for the Wind River Job Corps Center in Riverton. The announcement, posted on FedBizOpps.Gov’s website this morning, said the full bid solicitation package would be available for contractors on March 15th and that bids would be due in April.
"The proposed new center consists of 7 buildings which have a total of approximately 161,000 gross square feet (GSF) and consists of a Welcome Center, Administrative/Wellness/Student Services Buildings, Educational/Vocational Building, a Cafeteria/Warehouse Building, a Recreation Center and two 2-story Dormitories. The work shall also include major site improvements in the form of clearing, grading general landscaping, roads, parking, drainage, connection to all utility lines, installation of geogthermal wells and site/security lighting for the new buildings as specified in the Scope of Work," the announcement stated.
Utilities have already been delivered to the site through grants from the Wyoming Business Council. The 167-acre parcel of land for the center was made available by the City of Riverton.
Fremont County Board of Cooperative Education Services Executive Director Sandy Barton, who has been coordinating the Wind River Job Corps Center application through the Federal process, told County10.com that the news "was awesome." She said the release of the bid specifications is following a time line that was released late last year. “The timing on this is great.” Barton said they had received a heads-up on the DOL filing yesterday. Riverton Mayor Ron Warpness said the notice was "Great News."
The Wind River Job Corps Center has been under consideration since 2005 and Wyoming was granted a job corps, the last state in the union to have one, in 2008.
The official solicitation notice can be found here.
The sign at the site of the Wind River Job Corps Center on Griffey Hill along Airport Road (Ernie Over photo)
By Ernie Over, managing editor, county10.com
RHS Military Science students honored during Brigadier General’s visit last week
(Riverton, Wyo.) – When Brigadier General Steve Mount visited the Fremont County BOCES Military Science class last week at Riverton High School, instructor Cody Myers used the opportunity to present several awards to students in the program.
Receiving the first ever "HOOAH!" award and a flag pin was Chris Holcomb, who Myers said "has gone above and beyond and has done an exceptional job in the program. Holcomb, who said he is interested in joining the U.S. Marine Corps Infantry, told the General he liked the fact the Marines are "strong minded."
"I appreciate what you are doing in the class here," Mount said. "I appreciate your service and the great job you are doing in class."
Myers also presented a flag pin to "Blade" McCoy, a third year Military Science student. McCoy told Gen. Mount that he was interested in an engineering career in either the Army or the National Guard.
Receiving the HOOAH! pin from instructor Cody Myers while Brigadier General Steve Mount looked on, was RHS student Chris Holcomb. (Ernie Over photo)
Third year Military Science Student “Blade” McCoy greeted the General during his visit to the class. McCoy was presented with a Flag pin. (Ernie Over photo)
By Joshua Scheer, reporter, county10.com
Brigadier General toured local Military Science classes today at Riverton, Lander and Pavillion.
(Lander, Wyo.) – Wyoming National Guard Brigadier General Steven Mount visited military science classes at local high schools on Monday to inspect the students and speak with them. Mount was representing Major General Luke Reiner, the Wyoming Guard’s Adjutant General. Reiner visited the classes last year.
Mount’s day started at 7 a.m. at a zero hour class at RHS where Military Science Instructor Cody Myers had 13 cadets drilling. At 9 a.m., Mount entered a classroom at Lander Valley High School and a group of eight uniformed students were called to attention. After the Lander visit, Mount headed to Wind River High School at Pavillion to inspect the Military Science class there.
At LVHS, the Military Science program offered by Fremont County BOCES replaced the Naval Junior ROTC program the school previously offered. The ROTC program in Lander was discontinued by the Navy in 2010.
Mount was greeted by the Lander students, and he then proceeded to shake hands with each of them. Prior to his arrival, the students inspected each other, making sure their uniforms were in proper form.
Mount’s message to the students was the same at each of the three stops.
“I appreciate what you’re doing,” Mount told the class.
He said it’s important for people to get involved and be willing to wear the uniform.
Mount then proceeded to give the students some life advice.
“It’s important that we all establish our own personal values,” he said.
He emphasized the importance of taking “hard rights” versus “easy wrongs.” “Personal courage is also the moral courage to do what’s right,” he added.
Mount encouraged the students to be loyal to each other and to have integrity. He said that they shouldn’t worry or think about promotions, adding that making the right choices will lead to natural promotions. He said through his career, he’s only done what he’s thought was best and has worked to the best of his ability. Those efforts, Mount said, led him to where he is today.
He said when challenges arise, they should “eat the elephant … one bite at a time.” Later, he said that it is OK to ask for help.
Mount then fielded questions about his career from the students. He said he has been in the service for 38 years, enlisting shortly after turning 18.
“In my mind there was never any doubt,” he said.
Six of the eight students raised their hands when he asked who was considering joining the service in the future. He said to prepare for bootcamps in any military branch, they need to be in top physical shape.
He told one student that her consideration of the U.S. Air Force was a good idea due to branch’s technical schools.
Mount also spoke about some of the toughest challenges of his career, two of which included commanding other groups of soldiers. Working in Iraq, managing radar monitoring for rockets was probably the most difficult, he said. He described 18-hour days and feeling in over his head. He was responsible for choosing whether or not to engage the incoming rockets.
The LVHS Military Science class instructor, Ken Perssons Jr., said the class teaches students about all branches of the military. It teaches them disciplinary values, leadership, problem solving, physical fitness, and drill and ceremony techniques. The class was formed in January. The class will be involved with providing a color guard for community events. Perssons emphasized the help from Lander businesses and nonprofits for their donations to the program. The class is currently studying land navigation.
Military science student Alexander Garrett shook hands with Brigadier General Steven Mount at Lander Valley High School. (Joshua Scheer photo)
Student cadets in the Riverton High School Military Science Class offered by Fremont County BOCES stood at attention for Brigader General Steve Mount Monday morning. (Ernie Over photo)
LVHS student Brannon.Hedden saluted Brigadier General Steven Mount. (Joshua Scheer photo)
Fremont County BOCES
News for Immediate Release
September 5, 2012
Fremont County BOCES Green Construction Academy assists in Lander Eagle Scout Project.
Ethan Whiting is earning his Eagle Scout badge by partnering with BOCES Green Construction Academy to complete an outdoor gazebo project for the WLRC. The gazebo structure was built last school year by the Green Construction Academy students at Pathfinder. Ethan's scout project involved finding a community project, getting volunteers from his Scout Troop 83, recruiting other community members, and working on the selected project.
The troop volunteers not only helped in an important phase of the gazebo project, but learned some basic skills from Dave Peschio of the Green Construction Academy on how to prepare, form and place concrete. The gazebo will be used by the residents at the WLRC for many years to come.
Ethan Whiting and Dave Peschio place concrete with the help of James Whiting and Rocky Mountain Premix Driver Mark. Student help shown are Nathan Quentin, Eric Stueckler from Troop 83 and Green Construction student Nathan Nelson.
Ethan Whiting concentrates on his concrete finishing skills for his Eagle Scout project at the WLRC.
Fremont County BOCES
News for Immediate Release
Contact: Rajean Strube Fossen, 856-2028
Feb. 16, 2012
FC BOCES Green Construction students help construct new bleachers at Wolverine Field
(Riverton) – Five high school students in the Green Construction Program sponsored by Fremont County BOCES joined 11 employees from United Parcel Service Wednesday in assembling new bleachers at Wolverine Field.
"This is a good project for our Green Construction students," said Rajean Strube Fossen, Green Construction Coordinator at FC BOCES. "They get to work with other adults on a cooperative project and they gain experience with new building materials." The new bleacher structures are aluminum. "It's like a huge Erector set, lots of assembling that requires communication, coordination and teamwork," she said.
The Riverton High School students on site Wednesday included Chancy McKiernan, Danny Middelstadt, John Schmidt, Jason York and Keith Sack. They were supervised by Strube-Fossen and instructor Tim Hampton.
Volunteers from UPS included Rich Lange, Justin Long, Brett Renke, Tom Yates, Mark Wixom, Ryan Hugus, Rich Lange, Floyd Reinhardt, Randy Duffy, Bobbie Acosta and Joyce Blankenship.
The new bleacher structures, when completed, will increase seating capacity on the "visitors" side of the field to about 500 people, said School District #25 Activities Director Keith Bauder. "When this project is done, we'll move to the "home" side of the field and double the seating there by extending the present seating higher and moving and elevating the press box,” he said. Bauder said that work, to increase the home side seating to accommodate 1,700 people, would be done this summer. When completed, the new stadium will have seating for 2,200 people.
Bauder said the new seating on the home side of the field would include one section of stadium seats with chair backs and he said the new upper level seating would feature molded plastic seating, but without seatbacks. "That should be more comfortable than sitting on metal," he said.
The FC BOCES Green Construction students are also working on a duplex project this semester, which is located at South Broadway and Madison, across the street from the new Riverton fire station. The duplex project includes a variety of sustainable building techniques and materials to make the new building much more energy efficient.
For Release: February 13, 2011
Enzi: Signs of progress for Riverton Job Corps center
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., believes that progress on the Job Corps center in Riverton is moving in the right direction after speaking with senior officials at the Department of Labor late Friday.
The Department of Labor's Fiscal Year 2013 budget indicates strong support for the Job Corps program and is "committed to having a Job Corps center in every state." The Wind River Job Corps Center was awarded to the State of Wyoming in February 2007, along with centers in Iowa and New Hampshire. Senator Enzi worked with his colleagues in Congress, the State of Wyoming, and the Riverton Community to secure the project.
"The people of Riverton, Fremont County and Wyoming have been waiting patiently for this project to move forward and I am encouraged by what I’ve heard in the past few days," said Enzi. "While this center is not contingent on the budget passing, it's a welcoming sign to see something in writing that indicates progress is being made."
The Job Corps center in Riverton will provide academic assistance and career and technical training to about 550 students from around the state. High school and General Equivalency Diploma programs will be offered along with career and technical education courses that will help prepare young people for careers in high-skill, high-growth industries
NEWS for immediate release
Contact: RaJean Strube Fossen, Green Construction Coordinator, (307) 856-2028
August 22, 2011
Green Construction Academy graduates summer class
(Riverton) – Twenty students from four Fremont County High Schools graduated from a Green Construction Academy on Friday, August. 19, completing a summer of specialized construction projects. The academy was sponsored by Fremont County BOCES and included two teams of students working on projects in both Riverton and Lander.
"This summer academy gave these students instruction on entry-level carpentry and construction techniques that will result in them having life-long skills," said RaJean Strube Fossen, director of the Green Construction Program. "They worked on a greenhouse at Pathfinder High School and a Gazebo for the Wyoming Life Resource Center, both in Lander, and on the Project Green Duplex in Riverton."
Fossen said the twenty students who graduated Friday received a variety of certifications, including the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), OSHA Safety, Green Construction Academy and First Aid/CPR.
The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services funded the Green Construction Academy through monies it received from the National Recovery and Reinvestment Act's stimulus program. "This is one of the very best projects statewide without a doubt," said Rob Black, the Community Projects Grants Coordinator for the Workforce Services Department in Cheyenne. "I'm really impressed with what you’ve accomplished here, congratulations."
Fossen also saluted a great number of community partners, both businesses and individuals, who made significant contributions to the summer academy with in-kind equipment and materials donations, supplemental funding and personal expertise passed along to the students. Fossen said that among the donations received, the Concrete Association of Wyoming donated $1,500 and Wells Fargo Bank contributed $1,000 to the Green Construction Program this summer.
Male and female Students from Lander Valley, Pathfinder, Riverton and Wind River high schools who worked on the projects also received a paycheck during graduation ceremonies Friday. "The students were paid weekly for the time they put in," Fossen said. "And, just like in the real world, if they were late on any given day, they lost an hour of wages. Two of the students, Chancy McKiernen and Shannon Linch, both of Riverton, had perfect attendance throughout the six week-long project."
Instructors for the course were Dave Peschio, Tim Hampton and Markus Wesaw.
Students who successfully completed the academy were:
Lander Valley High School:
Randy Hitshew (graduate)
Monte Jacobson (graduate)
Pathfinder High School:
Riverton High School:
Josh Chavez, (graduate)
Devin Oldman, (graduate)
Wind River High School:
Fossen said a total of 60 applications were received for the summer academy, 25 were qualified and enrolled and 20 students completed.
Green Construction graduate Taylor Hill, front center, showed Wyoming Workforce Services' Community Projects Grant Coordinator Rob Black, right, the floor and crawl space of a duplex project in Riverton. Hill said the foundation was constructed so that naturally emitted radon gas from the soils under the house are vented to the outside air. She also said that because the crawl space air is not vented to the outside, heating and cooling costs are reduced for the whole structure. Holding the open floor panel in place is Randy Hitshew.
The Concrete Association of Wyoming presented a $1,500 donation to the Green Construction Project this summer at a job site at the Wyoming Life Resource Center in Lander. Picture, from left to Right. Dave Peschio-instructor, Randy Hitshew, Kade Simonson, Monty Jacobson, Justin Weier, Hannah Amos, Cedar Caskey, Austin Hammack, Joshua Downey and Tim Hampton-instructor. Representing the association are Tina Sylva and Randy Newman, Executive Director and Chair of CAW, respectively.
NEWS for immediate release
Contact: RaJean Strube Fossen, Green Construction Coordinator, (307) 856-2028
March 21, 2011
Project Green to provide energy efficient residence and model home in duplex
(Riverton) – Thanks to a local partnership, Riverton will soon be the site of an innovative energy efficient duplex project containing a residence and a working model for students learning about sustainable construction techniques and materials.
The Fremont County Board of Cooperative Education Services received land for the project from Fremont County School District 25. The parcel, at 429 So. Broadway, sits across the street from the former site of the Jefferson School. The former school site is now the home of the Riverton Volunteer Fire Department’s Station No. 1.
“We were looking for a parcel so students in the Green Construction Program could gain hands-on experience on an actual project,” said RaJean Strube Fossen, the Green Construction Academy Coordinator for FC BOCES. “District 25 saw the value of the project and the opportunities for students so we got together and we’ll start construction this summer.” She said the project is slated for completion in 2012. “This project is what we call ‘smart building’ that will utilize not only sustainable materials and construction techniques, but we’ll end up with a very efficient home with reduced energy costs to operate,” she said.
Fossen, and Green Construction instructor Dave Peschio of Riverton are two of only three Leadership for Energy Efficient Design, or LEED, certified Green Associates in Fremont County. The project will utilize curriculum from the National Center for Construction Education and Research, which has certified FC BOCES as a provider. Students who complete the course also receive certification from NCCER, which will give them an additional credential when they go to seek employment at the end of the project.
When completed, the duplex will be one of the first LEED certified residential units in Fremont County, if not the first. One of the duplex units will be sold and the other side will be used as a training center for instruction classes in sustainable construction, weatherization and home energy audits.
A benefit for students who qualify for the summer Green Construction Academy to work on the project is that they not only receive course credit, but they will also be paid for the work they do. The Green Construction Academy is for students aged 16 to 21 who meet eligibility requirements.
Fossen said the program is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and is being conducted with the support of many local partners, including Riverton High School, AD Martin Lumber Company, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, The Arapahoe Workforce Center, the Eastern Shoshone 477 Program and the McMurray Training Center in Casper.
For information, contact FC BOCES at 307-856-2028 or on the Internet, http://www.fcboces.org/ and click on Green Construction Academy on the left side bar.
News for immediate release
Contact: Sandy Barton, (307) 856-2028
July 29, 2010
Marathon Oil helps fund and expand innovative curriculum program
(RIVERTON) -- Regional energy industry partners and the Fremont County Board Of Cooperative Education Services (FC BOCES) have joined forces to expand an Energy Exploration Class into an additional West Central Wyoming high school this fall semester.
"It's critical that our students have an opportunity to understand the full potential of energy and related industries and how they might fit into the picture," said BOCES Career and Technical Director Larry Christensen. "Without the support of our energy partners, such as Marathon Oil, this course would not be available. Our partners have funded it, provided equipment for it, and helped develop facilities for it."
Marathon Oil is a long-standing contributor in the effort making donations totaling $20,000 to the program this calendar year, Christensen said. The Energy Exploration class was started as a pilot project at Riverton High School two years ago. Due to the success of that first program, the class has expanded to other high schools in Fremont and, now, Hot Springs counties. Thermopolis is the latest high school to offer the FC BOCES program starting this fall semester.
"This class helps keep kids enrolled and engaged in high school through graduation, while providing them with hands-on skills and insight into the many career options available in the field," said Marathon Oil's Wind River Operations Production Supervisor Ron Lance in supporting the program. "The industry needs skilled workers and this program is the entry point for young people seeking a career in the energy field."
Our energy industry partners provide visiting instructors and company trainers to work with the students, and they host the classes at local operations and production sites for "on the job" field experiences. "Without the cooperation of our many Energy Industry partners, especially Marathon Oil, this program would simply not be possible," Christensen said. “We are thrilled that Marathon has continued to help these students find a meaningful career path."
Through the contributions, students are provided with personal protective equipment, a shop area at the James H. Moore Career Center in Riverton was enhanced to accommodate the needs of the program and incentive jackets are provided to top performing students at each school.
In addition to the hands-on training a student receives, OSHA Safety certifications are awarded for successful completion of safety programs. Such certifications are required for employment throughout the industry.
Since the beginning of the program, field trips were organized to observe exploration and production facilities around Wyoming and have included visits to natural gas and oil production facilities, pipeline operations, reclaimed mining and drilling sites and geology field trips, in addition to visits to working rigs, both exploration and work-over.
Fremont County BOCES Executive Director Sandy Barton congratulated local Marathon Oil Wind River Operations Production Supervisor Ron Lance on Marathon's contribution of $20,000 to the Energy Exploration program. Regional energy industry partners, including Marathon Oil, have funded the popular high school career class, which has now expanded into Hot Springs County High School in Thermopolis this fall semester.
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June 21, 2010
Energy Exploration program and Tribal Casino receive Governor's Awards
(CASPER) – Two Fremont County entities were presented with the state's top workforce awards this past week for developing partnerships and creating innovations in employment opportunities. The awards to the Fremont County Board of Cooperative Education Services (FC BOCES) and the Northern Arapaho Tribe’s Wind River Casino were presented at the annual Governor’s Summit on Workforce Solutions.
The Energy Exploration program developed by FC BOCES in cooperation with regional energy industry partners was honored with the 2010 Workforce Partnership Award. Joan Evans, Director of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, said the Energy Exploration program "has demonstrated a unique collaboration between businesses and the community."
Now in its third year, the Energy Exploration course will be offered at all high schools in Fremont and Hot Springs counties this coming fall, said Larry Christensen, FC BOCES Career and Technical Director. "Without the cooperation of our energy industry partners, this valuable program would not exist" Christensen said.
FC BOCES Executive Director Sandy Barton said the course provides high school students with a wide range of energy industry career options. She said students in the program learn about such topics as geology, exploration, production, reclamation, contracting, and environmental, to mention a few. Students who successfully complete the class also earn an OSHA Safety Certification card.
The Northern Arapaho Tribe's Wind River Casino was presented with the 2010 Innovation in the Workplace Award "for investing in the development and well being of its employees."
Now the largest employer in Fremont County with some 600 workers, the casino operation was recognized for having brought "revolutionary change" to employment on the Wind River Indian Reservation.
All employees of the casino operations, which include the Wind River and 789 casinos south of Riverton and the Little Wind Casino at Ethete, are trained on customer service, personal finance and other job skill areas. For many reservation residents, the casinos have provided their first stable employment opportunity.
FC BOCES facilitates the casino's employee training at its West Main Street location in Riverton.
Accepting the Workforce Partnership Award was FC BOCES Career and Technical Director Larry Christensen, left. Also on hand for the presentation were Riverton Workforce Services Director Burl Gies, right, EnCana Oil and Gas Wyoming Community Relations Advisor Randy Teeuwen, who nominated FC BOCES for the award, and FC BOCES Executive Director Sandy Barton.
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June 14, 2010
Job Corps Center curriculum under development
(RIVERTON) – The curriculum for the Wind River Job Corps Center to be built in Riverton is now under development as architectural plans for the center are being finalized. An energy industry curriculum advisory committee met this month to review plans for the center, which is slated to go out for bid in the coming months.
The U.S. Department of Labor has designated the focus of the Wind River Job Corps to be centered on energy and renewable resources and, as such, the Riverton center will be the only Job Corps in the country to offer this vital curriculum.
The center’s specialties are planned to include three major cross industry training clusters including Energy and Transportation, Advanced Manufacturing and Construction plus Service occupations such as office administration, clinical medical assistants, culinary arts and hospitality.
Representatives from EnCana Oil and Gas, Conoco-Phillips, Marathon Oil and Devon Energy met with City of Riverton Public Works Director Bill Urbigkit and Fremont County BOCES Career and Technical Director Larry Christiansen and Executive Director Sandy Barton to go over the fine points of the plan as the city is now beginning the process to install utility infrastructure at the site.
The unique and regionally specific training to be offered here is expected to attract students not only from Fremont County and the Wind River Indian Reservation, but also from the state and entire Rocky Mountain region. The Wind River Job Corps will be Wyoming’s first-ever Job Corps center.
The nearly 126-acre Wind River Job Corps campus is to be located on the airport bench in NW Riverton. The campus will include 145,000 gross square feet of buildings, with each to feature energy efficient and “green” building techniques for long term sustainability.
Once the successful bidder has been chosen, construction of the Job Corps center will take about 14 to 18 months according to Thomas Dorman, the Regional Project Manager under contract with the Department of Labor’s National Job Corps Office. He said construction would begin three to four months after a general contractor is selected.
Riverton City Administrator Carter Napier said a $1.5 million infrastructure grant from the Wyoming Business Council is funding the extension of utilities to the site.
Napier said plans are moving forward for construction of a two million-gallon water storage tank near the site, which would not only serve the Job Corps, but the entire airport bench and Northwest portions of the city as well. Napier also said the city is seeking grant funding for the total reconstruction of Airport Road, which will be the primary street access to the site.
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April 8, 2010
Conoco/Phillips supports FC BOCES programs with cash donation
(RIVERTON) – One of the major partners of Fremont County Board of Cooperative Education Services is Conoco/Phillips, which recently made a $10,000 donation to the Riverton-based education cooperative.
"Conoco/Phillips is an ongoing partner with our Energy Exploration curriculum," said FC BOCES Career and Technical Director Larry Christensen. “They have supported the program since its inception by providing OSHA Certified Safety Trainers, they have opened up their local facilities for class field trips, and they made a significant contribution when they upgraded our prime training classroom with technology and other enhancements."
In presenting the donation at a ceremony inside the updgraded lecture hall, the "round room" at the School District 25 hilltop facility in Riverton, local Conoco/Phillips manager Greg Ashdown said the donation was in keeping with the company's support of local education initiatives.
Now in its third year, the Energy Exploration course will be expanding to all high schools in Fremont and Hot Springs counties this coming fall, with the exception of Dubois, Christensen said.
FC BOCES Executive Director Sandy Barton said the contributions from Conoco/Phillips, and other energy industry partners, "provides local students with a wide range of energy industry career options." Barton said students in the program learn about such topics as geology to exploration, from production to reclamation, and from contracting to environmental, to mention a few. Students who successfully complete the class also earn an OSHA Safety Certification card.
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October 23, 2009
Wyoming Educators attend Energy Resource Workshop
(Riverton) - Forty-three Wyoming educators from 21 communities attended the Wyoming Energy Resource Workshop Oct. 22-23 in Riverton to learn from industry representatives the science and sources of energy, both in Wyoming and North America.
"Education is very important to us, and that is why we are doing this workshop," said Mark Halseide (Hall-side), EnCana Oil and Gas (USA) Wind River Plant and Pipeline coordinator in Riverton. "In 2008, EnCana invested $1.4 million into Wyoming communities, including grants to the University of Wyoming, Central Wyoming College, Ag in the Classroom, Habitat for Humanity and Fremont County Board of Cooperative Education Services for the Energy Exploration program in local high schools." He said the company also provides scholarships to students in Fremont, Sublette and Sweetwater counties where EnCana has its operations in the state.
Halseide, plus EnCana's Wyoming Community Relations Advisor Randy Teeuwen, John Schmidt, Riverton Operations Manager, and Kristen Juve, Drilling and Completion Supervisor in Riverton, teamed up to explain the firm's Wyoming operations and answer questions from the teachers.
The educator-oriented curriculum at the workshop included a take home "Science of Energy" kit for classroom use provided by EnCana Oil and Gas, plus take home lesson plans and activities for teaching the exploration, development and production of petroleum and natural gas resources. Workshop sessions also included energy efficiency and conservation topics, along with tips on how to integrate energy topics into the classroom.
The Fremont County Board of Cooperative Education Services facilitated the workshop and EnCana Oil and Gas, Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom and NEED-Putting Energy into Education sponsored it.
Participating educators received credit for the two-day workshop, and completion certificates.
Participants represented the communities of Baggs, Big Piney, Casper, Cheyenne, Douglas, Dubois, Kaycee, Gillette, Lander, Laramie, Medicine Bow, Pinedale, Powell, Riverton, Rock Springs, Torrington and Upton.