Uinta B.O.C.E.S. #1 Education Center Earns Awards at WY Community College Commission

For the second year in a row, Uinta B.O.C.E.S. #1 College & Career Readiness Center was recognized as the top center to meet or exceed Federal Requirements for the National Reporting System at The Wyoming Community College Commission in Lander this past September.  The Wyoming Community College Commission holds an annual Fall Institute for all programs in the state.  The Institute includes all 7 Wyoming Community Colleges and an additional 2 community based programs.  It is at this event that centers are recognized for their achievements as well as recognizing the student, teacher and partner of the year.

The staff and teachers in the Uinta B.O.C.E.S. #1 Education Center are not only dedicated to providing quality services to the Uinta County  community but ensuring that we  prepare our students for more opportunities in their career and training choices. Uinta B.O.C.E.S. #1 Education Center offers G.E.D. Preparation, College Readiness, COMPASS testing preparation, English as a Second Language and English Civics instruction as well as our BOCES Opportunity for Self Sufficiency Training (B.O.O.S.T.) program for out-of- school youth. The Executive Director of the BOCES is Mike Williams. The Adult Education Coordinator is Diane White; instructors are April Lange, Carol Bourland, Jaylyn Rhone, David Day and Elizabeth Williams.

April Lange, an Instructor for the College & Career Readiness Center at Uinta B.O.C.E.S. #1, was recognized as Teacher of the Year for her contribution to advancing student success and learning through lesson planning.  April applied her passion for working with students to the Adult Education program by re-working the literacy program to provide more interaction with the students and integrating Science and Social Studies into the lesson. She is tireless at using best practices to ensure her material is as current as possible. While April’s dedication to excellence is unparalleled, it is the fact that her students embrace having fun with learning that is her primary legacy to our program. April has added to her duties by also teaching at our new Family Literacy Program.

Kelly Gray from the Department of Workforce Services was recognized as Partner of the Year at The Wyoming Community College Commission. Kelly and the Evanston Workforce Center have been instrumental in partnering with us on the B.O.O.S.T. program since 2009. We have had over 90 students complete this course since 2009 and these students are completing at over 90% G.E.D. attainment rate and over 86% completion rate for the program. Over 90% of these students have reported becoming employed and/or attending Post-Secondary training since completing the program.  The B.O.O.S.T. program is a partnership effort between Uinta B.O.C.E.S. #1 Education Center and the Evanston Workforce Center. The program is also supported locally by donations from Uinta County Human Services, United Way, Wyoming Community College Commission, Bank of the West, Rocky Mountain Power, and Wal-Mart.

Are you ready for the future?

A recent article from the Department of Family Services discussed findings from America’s Edge, a national business leader group. They released a report last week about Wyoming’s skills gap for employment.

Most future jobs in Wyoming will be in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). At that time, about 62% of our jobs will require post-secondary education.

Currently about 22% of our population has a post-secondary degree. More importantly, 66% of Wyoming’s fourth-graders are not proficient in reading and 63% of our eighth graders are not proficient in math.

Solutions presented included:

1. Early learning programs to better prepare children for school.

2. Bridge programs to prepare High School/G.E.D. students for college or career training.

The B.O.C.E.S. has programs to address both of these requirements!

1. Our Family Literacy program provides educational instruction in college/career readiness and G.E.D. preparation for parents while their children are enrolled in preschool classes.

2. Our College & Career Readiness Center can help you prepare for your G.E.D. or become better prepared for the COMPASS test or post-secondary training program.

Our programs are offered at no cost through cooperative grants with the Wyoming Community College Commission under Federal Literacy funding.

For more information on these or any of our Adult Education programs contact Diane White at 307-789-5742 x 162.