In its first year and a half of operation, Wyoming's Career Readiness Certificate program issued 1,143 certificates. On Oct. 16, 2009, Tosha became its 1,000th recipient.
~ Tosha, Rock Springs
The WyQuality Counts scholarship program allowed Bree to get her CDA (Child Development Associate) certificate and she is now pursuing an Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education.
~ Bree, Laramie
I can't express how thankful I am to have been able to utilize the ETSS Grant. It's such a blessing and a weight off of our shoulders to know that there was help out there for us.
~ Ashley Cooper
Consuelo, as a single parent receiving public assistance, accessed training dollars through the Department's Workforce Investment Act. She went from making $10.50/hr as a Nursing Assistant to over $42,000/yr in a fully-benefitted nursing position.
~ Consuelo, Casper
Jeptha, a 21 year old father of two, accessed training through the Department of Workforce Services' Workforce Investment Act Youth program. Because of this on-the-job training, Jeptha increased his hourly wage by $5.50.
~ Jeptha, Torrington
Marie recently attended the National Association for the Education of Young Children conference in Washington, D.C. using the Department's WY Quality Counts! Program. She was able to customize her experience by choosing from hundreds of trainings on early childcare education.
~ Marie, Rock Springs
The Dads Making a Difference Program, aimed at providing single and non-custodial fathers with training to prepare them for a worthwhile career with higher paying wages, has graduated 23 fathers since the program's inception.
~ Cheyenne Dads, Cheyenne
WY Quality Counts!™ helped me financially to take this class and the class was excellent!
Wanting to change her life, Shannon went through treatment and accessed funding and support from the Department's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation to obtain her Associates Degree. Not only did she get her degree, she also secured a job at the 12-24 Club in Casper.
~ Shannon, Casper
Since May 2009, program enrollment in the 55+ Employment Network has increased by more than 200 percent. Zedora, an assistant in the program, said, "The reservation has been waiting for this program."
~ Zedora, Wind River
Thank you for this opportunity to finish my college degree. I have been able to apply what I have learned to the children in my care. For a couple of children this has been monumental to their learning.
The Workforce Development Training Fund allowed Kathryn to enroll in a Master Portrait painting course which she hopes to use in expanding her business of providing custom children's portraits. Her custom designs are anticipated to have a high demand from Wyoming families.
~ Kathryn, Jackson
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