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CWC puts new emphasis on partnering with Job Corps, unemployed

Jul 8, 2016 By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

The admissions department at Central Wyoming College is partnering with Wyoming Workforce Services to help locally displaced workers go back to school.

From 8 a.m. to noon every Monday, admissions staff members will be available to meet with potential new students at the WWS office, 422 E. Fremont Ave.

"Admissions is trying to reach the community more and help wherever (and) however possible," admissions director Patrick Edwards said in a recent memo to the CWC Board of Trustees.

Fremont County's unemployment rate is a full two points higher this summer than it was a year ago.

Trustee Mickey Douglas asked about the effort during a meeting last month.

CWC's vice president for student affairs Coralina Daly said the admissions staff has encountered almost 10 potential new students every week who are "really in depth and serious."

"The first Monday they went there were three students that signed up right away," she said.

"We're working really closely with them. ... They're leaning on us, and we're trying to do as much as we can to help them as much as we can."

Job Corps outreach

The admissions department is giving campus tours to all new Wind River Job Corps students three Fridays a month.

"The goal is to get all Job Corps students exposed to campus and show them the possibilities and opportunities that CWC provides," Edwards wrote in his memo.

"An admissions representative is also going up to Job Corps once a week to visit with the students about CWC programs in one of their classrooms."

Admissions staff also visited Jackson, Riverton, Casper and Lander to register students in April and May.

Casino orientation

Starting in May, the admissions and Workforce and Community Education departments will be part of new employee orientation at the Wind River Casino.

College staff will speak with the new casino employees about the opportunities available at CWC.

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