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Teens get peek at future careers

Jul 7, 2013 - Staff

The Foundations of Energy course being offered this year through the Second Wind program at Central Wyoming College aligns well with the ongoing work of the Fremont County Board of Cooperative Educational Services, BOCES executive director Sandy Barton said.

"We started our energy program about four years ago with our energy industry partners," Barton said. "We were having a lot of students leaving high school early to go into the energy field, (so) we wanted them to know the vast amount of great opportunities the energy field offers to them."

As part of their BOCES experience, she said, local high school students take field trips to area production companies to observe and speak with workers in various arms of the energy industry.

"They see the coal, we go to the uranium, we go to the solar, we go to the hydropower in the canyon," Barton said. "We're just trying to give them a real good sense of (their options). They're not locked into being just one thing."

She said BOCES students have gone on to work in petroleum engineering and welding, and some became interested in the business end of the energy industry. This spring, Carla Moss, who participated in an energy exploration class in 2009 at Riverton High School, graduated from the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources with a degree in energy resource management and development with a dual degree in environmental and natural resources. She is headed to Plano, Texas, to work for Encana Corp., according to a UW press release.

Another local student, 2009 CWC graduate Sabrina Forbis, was one of the first two UW students to earn a bachelor's degree in energy resource science through the School of Energy Resources, according to a CWC press release. She reportedly earned a $10,000 scholarship for Encana and, like Moss, worked as an intern for the company during her time in school.

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