B.O.C.E.S. graduates ninth B.O.O.S.T. class

BOOST Session 9 Graduates

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.”

Uinta B.O.C.E.S. #1 Spotlight: Bret McCoy

Bret McCoy

As part of his  employment at SOS Employment Group, Bret McCoy helps to provide solutions to people and employers for jobs in the community.  Bret has come a long way since he graduated from Evanston High School in 1998.  Now, in 2012, success is something Bret is enjoying.  Much of his success has come from the confidence he has gained since attending school at Uinta B.O.C.E.S. #1 Education Center.  Through Uinta B.O.C.E.S. #1 Education Center, Bret has completed his OSHA Training, graduated from a pre-law program from WWCC, and is now taking classes from the University of Wyoming in social science.  He would love to go on to law school or earn a Master’s in Public Administration.   Bret believes he could not have achieved his schooling without the financial support of Uinta B.O.C.E.S. #1 Education Center. While financially, the help was nice, some of the better aspects of the program from WWCC for Bret include the interaction he receives with faculty, the opportunity to attend in his hometown, and the small class sizes, which provide for one-on-one attention.  Speaking to his educational experience, Bret states, “Western Wyoming Community College and Uinta B.O.C.E.S. #1, as a team are pretty seamless.  I really respect the program offerings.  When looking to find employees, I use the program as some type of standard because I know what I went through, the skill sets and training I learned.”