Ryan RasnerLaramie

Ryan underwent the first of two back surgeries. It was at this time that he knew he had to do something. He searched around and decided the option that was best for him was to go back to school and get a college degree. Ryan had graduated high school in 1998 and that was the extent of his education; He had spent the following 12 years in the workforce performing manual labor.

Going back to college was an enormous change in Ryan's life. It was difficult in the beginning. Over time, however, and with the amazing support of the Wyoming Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, he was able to be successful in school and continue to be so, to this day."None of this would have been possible," Ryan says, "without the help of Wyoming DVR's amazing and dedicated staff.

Ryan was accepted to the graduate program for communication and journalism at the University of Wyoming and was awarded a graduate assistantship immediately following his graduation from the University of Wyoming with a B.S. in Social Science and Honors Program with a minor in Environment and Natural Resources. He now teaches public speaking and study human communication and plan on applying to Ph.D. programs.

"None of this would have been possible," Ryan says, "without the help of the Wyoming DVR's amazing and dedicated staff. Their help and support extends much further that the office door and they are always willing to do whatever it takes to help you succeed."

Going back to school was not an easy decision for Ryan but according to him, it turned out to be the best decision he ever made.