Job Corps graduating second class Friday; enrollment flattening

Sep 20, 2016 From staff reports

Leaders at the Wind River Job Corps originally had hoped the center would fill its capacity of 300 students by March.

After enrollment was brought above 200 shortly before the first graduation in June, however, the number has stagnated.

The current enrollment is 194 but is likely to drop further this month after the job corps holds its second graduation at 2 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 30.

More than 40 students are set to bid farewell to the institution at that time.

Female students

According to director Julie Gassner, the center's dropout rate is 18 percent, slightly higher than the national rate of 16 percent of students the Department of Labor reports leave in their first 60 days with the program.

Since opening more than a year ago, the center has struggled to get the female enrollment it had hoped for.

Leadership had planned for an even split of genders, but 75 percent of students are still male.

Gassner said recruiting more women is important for the culture on campus, and she now has a new goal of bringing the proportion of female students up to 40 percent.

More than 30 percent of current students are from Fremont County, and 41 percent are from Wyoming.

Christa Stream, the center's outreach coordinator, said there are more markets to pull students from, and she's confident that capacity enrollment eventually will be reached.

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