United Way of Southwest Wyoming Promotes Youth Education with Grant Award to Uinta B.O.C.E.S. #1 Foundation

Evanston, Wyoming – Uinta B.O.C.E.S. #1 Foundation has received a grant award from United Way of Southwest Wyoming to help provide supportive services to youth who are in need of educational services.  Uinta B.O.C.E.S. #1 Education changes lives by educating, empowering, and enriching the individuals in our community.

Uinta B.O.C.E.S. #1 helps to build educational opportunities for individuals who wish to attain their educational goals from adult literacy through graduate degrees. The grant received from United Way of Southwest Wyoming will help achieve this goal.  When individuals are given the opportunity and provided support services, the success rate for educational goals is much higher.  Youth, in particular, flourish when a support system is available.  The funding received through United Way of Southwest Wyoming helps create that system of support.

“We would truly like to thank United Way of Southwest Wyoming for their grant award. Our programs helping youth achieve their educational goals would not be possibly without this funding.  United Way of Southwest Wyoming shows their commitment to our community and our youth by offering this opportunity,” Mike Williams, executive director of Uinta B.O.C.E.S. #1 stated.

United Way of Southwest Wyoming provides services to each community they serve. Funds raised in Uinta County benefit the community directly.

Western Wyoming Community College to confer more than 450 degrees, certificates at May 13 Commencement ceremony

Western has awarded more than 8,000 degrees and 2,000 certificates since 1962

ROCK SPRINGS – Approximately 360 students will be recognized for degree and certificate completion at Western Wyoming Community College during this year’s Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 13. In total, Western will confer approximately 450 degrees and certificates.
The campus has awarded more than 8,000 associate’s degrees and 2,000 certificates since its very first Commencement exercises in 1962.    
This year’s Commencement will begin at 7 p.m. in Rushmore Gymnasium with Edward Elgar and Holcombe’s Processional “Pomp and Circumstance” Op. 39, No. 1, played by the WWCC Brass Ensemble. The welcome will be given by Master of Ceremonies and Western Vice President for Student Learning Kim Farley.
The two recipients of this year’s Outstanding Graduate Award are Melia Dayley, of Sugar City, Idaho, and Edison Elder, of Rock Springs. Both will deliver an address to their fellow graduates.
Dayley is a member of the Honors Program, a Mustang soccer player and team captain, president of the Latter-day Saints Single Adult (LDSSA) Club, and a member of the Sweet Memories Historical Research Group. The history major was also one of two Western students to receive the Outstanding Legislative Aide Award for her service to state lawmakers during the Wyoming Legislative Session earlier this year.
Elder, an engineering major, is a member of the Mustang Radio Club and an on-air personality whose morning show, “First Cup,” airs live from 7 – 8 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on KWWM 91.3 FM. He is also president of the Rink Rat Club, which sponsored a Turkey Curling contest and other fundraisers at the Rock Springs Recreation Center during the year, and he is one of the founders of Western’s Engineers Without Borders associated student chapter, which is an affiliate of the University of Wyoming chapter of that global organization.    
The Outstanding Graduate addresses will be followed by a performance, “Rivers and Roads,” from Performing Arts students Brandon Radosevich, Kris Karns, Katherine Riedl, and Gabriela Cipili.
Troy Archuleta, academic coordinator for the University of Wyoming Outreach School, will recognize the UW Sweetwater County Outreach graduates. Western President Karla Leach will present the Summer 2015, Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 graduates. Western Board of Trustees President George Eckman will give the response.
VP Farley, assisted by the Board of Trustees and academic division chairs, will confer the degrees, certificates and honors. Trustees in addition to Eckman include: Vice President Lynne Chadey; Secretary Richard Baxter, III; Treasurer Dr. Tom Spicer; and members Dick Boettcher, Jr., Shannon Honaker and James Roth.
Forty-five of this year’s degree recipients completed their studies through a Western Outreach location outside of Rock Springs and Green River. Western Outreach Centers include: Baggs; Big Piney; Bridger Valley; Cokeville; Elk Mountain; Evanston; Farson; Kemmerer; Pinedale; Rawlins; Saratoga; and Star Valley.  
Of the degrees and certificates being conferred May 13, 46 were completed during Summer 2015 and 97 were completed during Fall 2015, with the remainder being completed during the semester now concluding. Final exams began at Western on May 6.
Earlier on May 13, the Department of Nursing will host its annual Nursing Pinning Ceremony for nursing students who are completing their Associate of Science in Nursing degrees this year. The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. in the WWCC Theatre and will be followed by a reception in the Atrium.

Western Wyoming ranked 7th in the nation among community colleges by Washington Monthly WWCC is Wyoming’s only community college to appear in the annual Top 50 list

Uinta B.O.C.E.S. #1 Education Center is a proud partner of Western Wyoming Community College!

ROCK SPRINGS – Western Wyoming Community College has been ranked seventh nationally among community colleges by the news and public-affairs organization Washington Monthly. Western is Wyoming’s only community college to appear in the annual Top 50 list this year.


Western Wyoming Community College named to the 100 Best Online Colleges by BestColleges.com


ROCK SPRINGS – Western Wyoming Community College has been named by BestColleges.com to its 2014 list of the nation’s top 100 schools for online degree programs. The list is divided into categories for two-year and four-year institutions, and Western was ranked 23rd among the top 50 two-year programs.

The complete list can be found at http://www.bestcolleges.com/features/top-online-schools/.

In its summary of Western’s online offerings, the nationally recognized website referenced the College’s 17 web-based educational programs, including: an Associate of Arts degree with emphases in criminal justice, general studies, social science, social work, or sociology; an Associate of Science degree with emphases in accounting, business administration, computer information systems, marketing, and general studies; an Associate of Applied Science degree in Office Information Systems; and six
professional certificates requiring commitments of anywhere from 15 hours to one year.

BestColleges.com’s rankings were based on the latest information provided by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and College Navigator databases, both of which are maintained by the National Center for Education Statistics. Specific data used to establish rankings included schools’ acceptance and retention rates,and graduation and enrollment rates.

WWCC Distance Learning Director Nancy Johnson said that Western’s strong ranking for online education programs reflects the College’s commitment to providing quality, accessible degree options to residents who live throughout Western’s extended service area in southwestern Wyoming.

“Online classes are one vital component of outreach education at Western Wyoming Community College, and we certainly encourage students from beyond Wyoming to take advantage of the affordable tuition for these quality programs, as well,” Johnson said. “We also offer many live courses at our outreach sites throughout the region, and we have staff at those locations who can provide advising, registration assistance, and other services to students from those areas who wish to complete a certificate or degree.”

Johnson noted that students from outreach sites, including students whose programs are entirely online, may also qualify for Western’s 16 to Succeed program, in which students who commit to pursue a full-time or part-time track, and who complete their degree by the specified date, can receive an award of $1,000 upon graduation. The program applies to associate degrees but not to certificate programs, and some restrictions do apply.

For more information about 16 to Succeed, go to http://www.wwcc.wy.edu/engagement/16tosucceed.htm.

Western’s Outreach Centers include locations in: Afton/Star Valley; Big Piney; Bridger Valley; Cokeville; Evanston; Farson; Medicine Bow/Elk Mountain; Kemmerer; Little Snake River Valley; Pinedale; Rawlins; and Saratoga/Encampment. For more information about Distance Learning at Western, go to http://www.wwcc.wy.edu/Dist_ed/outreach.htm.

Meet Our Teachers: Ariel Calmes

008Bonjour, je m’appelle Ariel Calmes, et je suis Francophile! As a high school student, I was lucky enough to be chosen as a foreign exchange student through the Evanston Rotary Club.  My host country? Belgium! I had a classroom background in French, but was nowhere near conversational when I arrived.  However, the Belgians are a wonderful people, and during my one year stay in their country, they taught me to speak French.  After returning to Wyoming I sought a Bachelor of Arts degree of French, which I received in 2008 from the University of Wyoming.  During my undergraduate studies I traveled in Japan, and there found my French language skills helpful.  Many Japanese study and speak English, however equally as many spoke French.  I found common ground with the Japanese in our common second language, and speaking French with the Japanese people took the pressure off everyone.  Neither of us had to try to speak the other person’s native language well.  I never imagined that my time in Japan would be enhanced by speaking French. After graduating from the University of Wyoming I received a Juris Doctor from the University of Utah, and currently work as an attorney at the Harris Law Office in Evanston.  I may work as an attorney, but I still have a passion for French.  I teach French 1010 and French 1020 at the Western Wyoming Community College Evanston Outreach Center, and I hope that you will consider taking French, either to fulfill your foreign language requirements as part of a degree program, or simply to enrich your life and improve your international travel experience. So, should you take French with WWCC? Do you……

1. Use the internet? French is the third most used language on the internet after English (first) and German (second).

2. Have an interest in foreign affairs or international sporting events? French is the official language of The United Nations, NATO, UNESCO, The International Red Cross, the International Olympic Committee, International Courts (including the HAGUE) and the European Union.

3. Seek educational opportunities? Fluency in French may qualify you for French government scholarships to pursue higher education in France or qualify you to seek internationally recognized French degrees and education.

4. Like to talk with others and make new friends? Over 200 million people on five continents speak French. Even if a native French speaker speaks English, he or she is more likely to bond with you if you speak at least some French, and speak it well. Many people also speak French as a second language, but do not speak English, or are not comfortable conversing with you in your native language.

5. Want to learn a skill that is useful everywhere? French and English are the only languages that are taught in every country in the world (and you already speak English!) and French is the ninth most-spoken language in the world

6. Want to work abroad? France has the world’s fifth biggest economy, and French speakers have job opportunities not only in France, but also in other French-speaking parts of the world, including Quebec, Switzerland, Belgium, and North and sub-Saharan Africa.

7. Like to travel? France is number one tourist destination in the world, with more than 70 million visitors annually, and there’s more to see than just Paris! Go to the Cote d’Azur, the French Alps, the beaches of Normandy, or the coastline of Brittany.  Additionally, French will help you when traveling to Quebec, Switzerland, Belgium, the Seychelles islands, Tahiti, Monaco/Luxembourg, French Guiana, Vietnam, Guadalupe, Martinique, and many countries in North and Sub-Saharan Africa (including the gorgeous Tunisia).

8. Enjoy baked goods? Make some Kouign-Amann using an original French-language recipe. It’s delicious.

9. Understand your native language better? About 50% of the vocabulary of the English language derives from French.

10. Want to learn other languages? French is a gateway language to other romance languages, like Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and Romanian. (All statistics courtesy of the French Consulate General; http://www.consulfrance-houston.org).

Meet Our Teachers: Holly Horton

001My name is Holly Horton, and I am the Evanston Outreach geology instructor for Western.  I have a BS in geology from MIT and an MS in geophysics from Stanford.  I have been teaching geology for Western since the fall semester of 2009, both online and in the classroom, and I also teach Math Lab for Western here in Evanston.  I plan to teach a classroom version of my geology course here in Evanston in the Fall2014 semester.

I have worked for various companies that are active in the mining and petroleum industries for over 30 years, and I have a broad and varied experience with geology.  I was transferred to Evanston by Chevron in 1992 as a geophysicist, and I retired from Chevron in 2002.    I am currently working as a geophysical consultant for an energy company in Salt Lake City, in addition to my teaching responsibilities.

Teaching geology and math is, for me, a way to give back to the community in which I live and work.  I greatly enjoy teaching geology, and I can promise you that when you have completed my geology course you will look at the physical world around you with a new viewpoint and greater appreciation.

Geology is a dynamic science, and we see it in action every single day.  Whenever we read about a volcano erupting, a tsunami occurring, or a rockslide destroying homes, we are experiencing geology.  In this geology course you will learn how the four major physical systems of the Earth (atmosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere and biosphere) intricately interact with each other through geological processes, and why these processes occur and can sometimes result in disasters.

We are all curious creatures and we want to learn.  This is an opportunity to learn about a fun and interesting science that most people don’t understand.  We see geology in action every day, but most people don’t know why geological processes occur.

This course is not about lectures.  Instead, as a group, we will extensively discuss geology and geologic processes.  You will also learn through lab work how scientists study the Earth.  And I plan to include a local geology field trip.

In this course you will:

  • Learn what science is and how we use science to learn about the world around us – (Why do geologists think that the Earth is 4.6 billion years old?)
  • Learn to interpret landscapes and other aspects of the world that surrounds you – (Why did that landslide in Jackson cut that house in half? Could that have been avoided?)
  • Learn and apply important geologic concepts – (Do the continents really move around on the Earth? How does that happen?)
  • Understand the relevance of geology to your life – (Is that house that I want to buy located in a risky setting?)
  • Learn to use the new knowledge, skills and ways of thinking to become a more informed citizen – (So that’s why that earthquake caused a tsunami.  I understand now because I took a geology course at Western).

So if you have ever been interested in learning and understanding more about the physical world that you see around you and that you frequently hear about in the news, take my geology course.  I hope to see you all this fall.

Moving On: two retire from BOCES after nearly 20 years

EVANSTON — Uinta BOCES has built a solid reputation in the community for quality higher education and continuing education. One of the center’s keys to success is a dedicated and involved staff.

This spring, BOCES experienced the winds of change, as two of their longest-term staff members left the education center for different pursuits.

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