The Uinta B.O.C.E.S. #1 Education Center has graduated their ninth session of the B.O.O.S.T. program. Graduation was held at David Middle School on Friday, December 7, 2012. B.O.O.S.T. (BOCES Opportunity for Self Sufficiency Training) is a program that started in 2009. The program was designed to assist youth between the ages of 16-21 years who have dropped out of school.
This session, six graduates completed the program. Andrew Hardrick, Cody Mallett, Matthew Lucero, Dakota Hansen, Ricky Carrigan, and Cortney Kitchens were the graduates from BOOST Session 9.
The program is partially funded through Workforce Services, who qualify students in a program similar to a Job Corps program. Additional funding is provided through community grants. Diane White, coordinator of the program, indicated the success of the program is because of the instructor, Carol Bourland, and the supportive environment at the B.O.C.E.S.. “This is not high school. This is a career readiness program. We focus on the GED as part of the program but students are instructed in work and life skills. They also study to receive a Career Readiness Certificate from the state. Our intent is to transition these students into job training or post-secondary education. The B.O.C.E.S. staff and our community partners work to ensure that these students have every opportunity to succeed. Most of these young people did not think they would ever graduate from school. Now several of our completed students are attending W.W.C.C. outreach in Evanston,” White said.
The program runs twice a year. “We will begin another session in January 2013 and have an active list of students for that session. Anyone interested should contact the B.O.C.E.S. for more information.”