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Workforce Programs for Veterans in Wyoming

Workforce Programs for Veterans in Wyoming

on May 23, 2019 in Community, Uncategorized | 0 comments

With Memorial Day approaching, we wanted to share some of the workforce programs in Laramie and the state of Wyoming that are offered to Veterans. There are many existing resources that are open to everyone, regardless of having a military background, however, this article will highlight some of the opportunities available for veterans.   Marna M. Kuehne Foundation Veterans Services Center (VSC) at UW Website: http://www.uwyo.edu/vetservices/ The Marna M. Kuehne Foundation Veterans Services Center is a 100% private donor-funded program. UW has sponsored the veterans program and center since 2010 and in August of 2018, the new facility opened its doors (located on the Student Union 3rd floor, room 300) to better serve the nearly 650 military connected UW students and families. “Our Center provides space for group study, private study, student computer lab, lounge area, and kitchen. We offer numerous amenities such as free coffee/snacks/lunches, free tutoring, free printing, Xbox games, large screen t.v., connection to various veteran-specific resources and services, and programming to promote community and social connection,” explained Sr. Project Coordinator, Marty Martinez. “Two years ago, our Center was identified as Top School in the Military Advanced Education and Transition magazine naming us in the Top 2% of over 600 schools surveyed for services and programming for student veterans, and have remained in the top 5% since then.” Services Provided: UW offers two (2) Employer Fairs, one per semester, to offer a connection between invited area employers/recruiters and UW students. A concerted effort is made to highlight employers with advertised interest or hiring incentives for veteran candidates. UW Advising and Career Exploration Services Office also provides free classes/training sessions in resume writing and interview skills.   Academic course offered: Veterans Campus to Career, created to prepare veterans for the rigors of employment searches and the application process. The course is a COMM III, 3 credit program that incorporates oral and written course work and career field research with off-campus, live testimonials and discussion from local employers, businesses, and employment recruiters. The goal is to increase the veteran’s ability to identify, relate, and describe their numerous skill sets gained through military service, but to also share this through updated and relevant language and communication methods. “Not only...

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Leadership Laramie Recognizes the Class of 2019

Leadership Laramie Recognizes the Class of 2019

on May 10, 2019 in Laramie Chamber Business Alliance | 0 comments

On Tuesday, May 7th, the Leadership Laramie Graduation was held at the Hilton Garden Inn of Laramie. The Leadership Laramie Class of 2019 presented their class project which was hiring an artist to paint a public art mural on the south-facing wall of the Moose Lodge.         The guest speaker for the evening was Kent Noble. Laramie Chamber Business Alliance CEO, Brad Enzi also spoke to the graduating class. The participating Class of 2020 was also recognized during the ceremony.           The Leadership Laramie Graduating Class of 2019 Included:   Sarah Carroll – Steering Committee Chair Head Chef & Outreach Coordinator, Laramie Soup Kitchen Shantel Anderson – Recruiting Coordinator Owner, Star Awards & Promos Hanna Eslinger – Participant Coordinator Director of Human Resources, Big Brothers Big Sisters Chaz Avila – Treasurer Vice President, ANB Bank Jennie Hedrick – CBE Coordinator Coordinator, Student Advising, University of Wyoming Business College Dianne Burner-Bitzes – Community Issues Coordinator Corporate Development Manager, Wyoming Public Radio & Media Whitley Edelfelt – Reporter Debt Solutions Officer, Laramie Plains Federal Credit Union Chance Price – Funding/Donations Coordinator Membership & Network Coordinator, University of Wyoming Alumni Association Patrick Owen – Marketing Coordinator Marketing Assistant, University of Wyoming – Institutional Marketing Jessica Ford, M.A. – Curriculum Coordinators Coordinator: Teaching, Learning Center, Test & Exam Center, Laramie County Community College – ACC Katie Christensen, MFA Curator of Education & Statewide Engagement, University of Wyoming Art Museum James T. Wilkinson CEO & Founder, Wilkinson Tactical & Veritek Aengle Smith Development Officer, Int Ops, University of Wyoming Cowboy Joe Club Amanda Given Accountant, Groathouse Construction Amanda Olaveson, AFIS, API, AIS, AINS, CPCU Underwriter II Supervisor, Mountain West Farm Bureau Insurance Cody Paulson Administrative Assistant, Elk Ridge Builders Dustin Anderson Quarry Supervisor, Pete Lien & Sons Jessica Clout Front Desk Supervisor, Laramie Physicians for Women & Children Kent Wood Vice President & Commercial Loan Officer, First Interstate Bank Tarsha Storey Contact Center Manager, UniWyo Federal Credit Union Thomas Ver Ploeg Realtor, MVP Real Estate Taun Smith Investigation’s Sergeant, Laramie Police Department   Leadership Laramie is a program of the Laramie Chamber Business Alliance. The goal of Leadership Laramie is to encourage and help prepare citizens of...

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Seasonal Business: A Summary of the 2018-2019 Ski Season

Seasonal Business: A Summary of the 2018-2019 Ski Season

on May 8, 2019 in Community, Recreation | 0 comments

Seasonal companies do a majority of their business during a specific time of year. Running a seasonal business can involve risk; however, they can be rewarding to some entrepreneurs. Ellie Southerland, the Director of Marketing Operations at the Snowy Range Ski Area summarizes the 2018-2019 ski season.   How did the 2018-2019 ski season go for the Snowy Range Ski Area? This season was so great, we had consistent snow all season long and plenty of fresh powder in the spring. Everyone seemed to have a blast at our Luau closing weekend celebration. We had our first Snowy Range pond skim, everyone had so much fun.     We are a family-friendly, beginner ski area we have guests come from all over the place. So many of our guest take advantage of our affordable Mountain Sports School, both kids, and adults. We offer full day lessons where kids can learn to ski or ride all day while parents can enjoy the mountain to themselves, while taking a lunch break in our bar and grill.   Where do clients come from? With us being such an easy drive we have many locals that enjoy fun day trips, while we have also noticed an increase in Colorado guest because of our prices and lack of traffic up to snowy making an easy drive across the border. Yes, we do have a lot of guests come from Nebraska even as far as Lincoln and Omaha but we have guests come from all over the place and even overseas. We are beginning to see an increase of guest coming from Kansas and Missouri especially Kansas City.   How many employees/staff are involved in a typical weekend? We run a small operation at Snowy, we have had some amazing employees over the years helping us to stay open 7 days a week. One of the nice thing about how small we are is our employees have the opportunity to work in multiple departments throughout a season or a day. We have several staff being shared between departments rotating the days they work in each as well as some working in multiple departments during peak times each day. On our busiest days, we can have...

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Enzi encourages Wyomingites to preserve the stories of veterans

Enzi encourages Wyomingites to preserve the stories of veterans

on May 1, 2019 in Community | 0 comments

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., is inviting people to collect the experiences and stories of Wyoming veterans as part of the Veterans History Project, an initiative that aims to preserve the recollections of American veterans.   “Our debt to our country’s veterans is never more clear to me than when I listen to firsthand accounts of their service,” Enzi said. “It’s important that we not only listen to our veterans’ stories, but preserve these memories to educate future generations and honor each veteran’s commitment to our nation. If you are a veteran or are interested in interviewing a veteran, my wife Diana and I encourage you to take part in the Veterans History Project.”   The Veterans History Project is an effort led by the Library of Congress to collect and preserve the firsthand accounts and memories of America’s veterans from World War I to present. Interviews and historical documents become part of the permanent collections of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.   Enzi’s office is joining the Library of Congress to host a Veterans History Project virtual training workshop on May 7 at 4:00 p.m. MST. Participants will learn more about the program and receive training on how to conduct interviews with our veterans and submit those interviews to the Library of Congress. If you are interested in attending this free online training workshop, check out my website or email Rachel Vliem in my DC office at rachel_vliem@enzi.senate.gov.   Click here to learn more about the Veterans History...

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Basecamp to donate 1% of net retail sales to Rooted In Laramie

on May 1, 2019 in Community, Downtown Laramie | 0 comments

Laramie, WY – Basecamp, Laramie’s premier outdoor retail store, has pledged to donate 1% of net annual retail sales to support Rooted In Laramie, a local non-profit organization with the goal to establish a long-term tree planting initiative.   “We celebrate our first birthday this week and we’re really inspired by many of the 1% for the Planet brands in the outdoor industry. We want to follow that example but support an environmental group on a more grassroots, local level,” said Rebecca Walsh, owner of Basecamp.   “As we were researching a non-profit organization to support, the mission of Rooted In Laramie really resonated with us. We can all agree trees make our community better. We’re thrilled to partner with them to help plant trees and continue to make Laramie a healthy and beautiful place to live,” she continued.   Rooted In Laramie was formed in 2019 and modeled after Rooted In Cheyenne. Their goal is to provide low-cost trees to property owners in and around Laramie. Additionally, they plant the trees for free and provide 1 year of follow-up care.   “Not only are we hoping to get as many trees in the ground as possible,” said Hilery Lindmier, chair of Rooted In Laramie, “but we also want to give those trees the best chance of survival possible by planting them the right way and overseeing the follow-up care like watering, mulching and staking.”   Education is also an important aspect to Rooted In Laramie, and Lindmier adds that they are looking forward to helping property owners discover the many varieties of trees beyond Poplars that can survive Laramie’s harsh climate, and also help them learn how to help all of their trees, even those that have been around for decades, thrive.   “We love Laramie and our first year in business has been wonderful. We hope that Laramie residents will continue to support us by shopping locally, especially now that a small percentage of what they’ve spent at Basecamp will go to support local tree planting. In fact, we invite other Laramie area businesses to join us as we give 1% for local trees,” said Walsh.   You can learn more about Rooted In Laramie by visiting...

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