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.


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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