Citizen council boosts Job Corps ties

Feb 19, 2016 By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Part 5 in a series

Wind RiverJobCorpsCenter officials meet regularly with community relations council to discuss initiatives, program updates and other developments at the facility, which opened last summer.

Christa Stream, business and community liaison and outreach/admissions and career transition services coordinator for the Job Corps, said the center will hold at least four meetings with the council throughout the year.

She explained that the council serves as a liaison between the center and the community at large.

"It's an eclectic group of people ... from all locations within Fremont County," she said. "(It's) an advisory voice of the community that assists the center to develop community linkages and recreational events and locate job-based learning placements as well as community service projects."

During a meeting in January, Stream said the community group heard an update about goings-on at the WRJCC and listened to presentations from a panel of students enrolled in a variety of trade tracks including welding, accounting, petroleum and carpentry.

"They told their stories (and gave) their update on what was going on and the different community service projects," Stream said.

According to minutes from the meeting, the community relations council was told that it will be important to educate the public and potential employers about the Job Corps. Part of that effort involved WRJC student ambassadors getting out into the community.

On Groundhog Day, for example, many Job Corps students ventured out into the community to take part in a job shadowing exercise.

Previous reports state the center could host as many as 300 students at full capacity. Stream said administrators anticipate reaching that total during the second quarter of the year.

In the next couple of months, Stream said the first group of Job Corps students should be graduating from the local facility, which offers the most credentials of all 127 Job Corps centers in the United States.

Already, four students have completed their high school equivalencies and are progressing through their trade courses.

Council members

Members of the council include Riverton Chamber of Commerce executive director Jim Davis, Fremont County School District 25 superintendent Terry Snyder, Riverton Mayor Lars Baker, IDEA Inc. executive director Kevin Kershisnik, Tribal Employment Rights Office representatives James Sorrels, Josh Mann, Travis Shakespeare, Teriah Ute and Stanford St. Clair, Northern Arapaho Tribe liaison Sergio Maldonado, Riverton Ranger advertising director Cathy Cline, Fremont County School District 14 superintendent Owen St. Clair, Fremont County School District 21 superintendent Terry Ebert, Central Wyoming College admissions director Patrick Edwards, Wyoming Community Bank president Scott Estep, Eastern Shoshone Cross Age Peer Education representatives Danielle White and Clarence Thomas, Ron Fossen with Wells Fargo Bank and Terry Settlemire from the Wyoming Workforce Center.

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