From G.E.D.® to WWCC – Cody Mallett; an Evanston Success Story

 

IMG_0238aCody Mallett dropped out of high school when he was sixteen years old.  He said the bullying by other students became so bad that he decided to move to Utah to live with his grandparents. Unfortunately, he did not go back to school in Utah.

 

Cody came back to Evanston on his own when he turned nineteen, and was basically homeless.  He crashed at the home of friends when he could, but did not have a permanent place to live, and did not have a job.  He walked into the Uinta B.O.C.E.S. #1 Education Center in August, 2012, and asked about getting his G.E.D.® (or high school equivalency). He learned about the BOOST program through the College and Career Readiness department, and signed up for the classes.

 

The BOOST program is designed to provide the instruction for students to earn their high school equivalency certificate, and to provide them with real life and job skills.

 

Cody graduated from BOOST in December, 2012.  He met with the WWCC Evanston Outreach advisor, Allen Calmes, and discussed college classes.  He also met with Bonnie Straw, the TRIO coordinator, and filled out the paperwork necessary to get financial aid and scholarships for college.  He qualified for the Hathaway scholarship that is offered to Wyoming high school graduates, and started college full-time in August, 2013.  According to Cody, “the BOOST program is a self-sufficiency program, and that’s exactly what I needed.”  He learned how to prepare a job resume, how to conduct job interviews, and many everyday life skills, including how to cook nutritionally through a program offered by the UW extension office.

 

Cody’s goal is to earn his AA business degree from WWCC, and then hopefully transfer to UW.  His ultimate goal is to own his own business.  Cody has some words of wisdom to offer for others who think things just won’t work out for them. “It is truly amazing how far a person can go in life with the tiniest bit of effort.  In the last year I have learned that anything can be achieved as long as I don’t give up, I stay focused on my goal, and I do not let failure stop me.  Through my failure and mistakes I can learn some of the greatest lessons life has to offer me.”

 

If you are ready to find out how far you can go, come check out Uinta B.O.C.E.S. #1 Education Center.  We can help you reach your educational goals.

 

 

What are the Symptoms of Breast Cancer?

When breast cancer starts out, it is too small to feel and does not cause signs and symptoms. As it grows, breast cancer can cause changes in how the breast looks or feels. Symptoms may include—

  • New lump in the breast or underarm (armpit).
  • Thickening or swelling of part of the breast.
  • Irritation or dimpling of breast skin.
  • Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast.
  • Pulling in of the nipple or pain in the nipple area.
  • Nipple discharge other than breast milk, including blood.
  • Any change in the size or the shape of the breast.
  • Pain in any area of the breast.

Inflammatory Breast Cancer

Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) is the most aggressive and deadly form of breast cancer. Symptoms develop suddenly, sometimes overnight. Many women have reported waking up in the morning to one breast swollen, with no memory of injury which could have caused the swelling.

The skin may be ridged or pitted, described as ‘peau d’orange’ (resembling the skin of an orange.) There may be some thickening of the breast tissue, but a lump is not the most common symptom.

Typical symptoms are:

• Rapid, unusual increase in breast size
• Redness, rash, “blotchiness” of the breast skin
• What appears to be a “bug bite” or “bruise” that doesn’t go away
• Persistent itching of breast or nipple
• Lump or thickening or breast tissue
• Swelling of lymph nodes under the arm or above the collar bone.

ANY change to your breast(s) should be reported to your physician immediately, if it does not resolve within two weeks on its own.

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Education is Power

Be Aware

Know the Signs

Early Detection can save YOUR life

Concurrent Enrollment Update

WWCC DL

I am writing today regarding the Concurrent Enrollment Concerns article published in the Tuesday September 3rd edition of the Uinta County Herald.  There are a few clarifications I would like to add to the article about Western Wyoming Community College.

Western Wyoming Community College (“WWCC”) did not lose accreditation in 2012.  WWCC is a fully regionally accredited institution.  WWCC’s Nursing Program lost accreditation with the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission because it did not have master degree faculty in all positions, and is currently working toward reestablishing approval with that Commission.  The National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission is a national certification program.  One impact the loss of its accreditation has on WWCC Nursing Students is that WWCC Nursing Program Graduates may not work for a federal institution upon graduation from WWCC.  Additionally, without this accreditation a graduate from the WWCC Nursing Program would be unable to transfer to the University of Utah to obtain a bachelor of science in nursing.  However, a graduate would be eligible for transfer to the University of Wyoming, or other four year institutions, to obtain a bachelor of science in nursing and after earning a bachelor of science from UW or another similar institution would be eligible for employment at a federal institution.  To date, the University of Utah is the only institution identified that would not accept a WWCC Nursing Graduate for transfer to obtain a bachelor of science in nursing due to the loss of accreditation with the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.  The college maintains its accreditation with the Wyoming State Board of Nursing.  WWCC Nursing Program Graduates are eligible to sit for the required licensing exams to become a registered nurse.  The Nursing Program at WWCC is currently approved by the Higher Learning Commission through WWCC’s Institutional Accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission and by the State of Wyoming.

The article also addresses issues regarding the Concurrent Enrollment Program at Evanston High School.  Concurrent enrollment classes are classes taught at the high school by teachers approved to teach at high school and college levels.  Students taking concurrent enrollment classes at Evanston High School receive both Evanston High School and Western Wyoming Community College credit upon successful completion of their classes.  The following classes are being offered for concurrent enrollment at Evanston High School during the fall 2013 semester:

Special Projects in Metal Arts

Special Projects in Graphic Design

Special Workshop Digital Photo Imaging

Automotive Brake Systems

Basic Construction Skills

Computer Information Systems

English Composition 1

Web Development 1

Computer Aided Drafting

Advanced Computer Aided Drafting

Customer Service

American and Wyoming Government

Shield Metal Arc Welding

Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welding

Groove Welding Plate

Welding Fabrication

This fall there were three classes cancelled due to instructor eligibility.  Specifically, the high school instructors teaching these courses did not meet Western Wyoming Community College’s instructor approval requirements, which follow the Higher Learning Commission’s Assumed Practices.  High school instructors teaching concurrent enrollment courses must meet the same eligibility requirements for approval as full-time and other adjunct faculty.

There was one additional fall concurrent enrollment class cancelled due to teacher health issues.

Western works hard to provide the highest quality educational experience we can regardless of where students are taking our classes and we know that you would expect nothing less.

Sincerely,

Allen Calmes

Western Wyoming Community College

Evanston Outreach Coordinator