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Workforce Programs for Veterans in Wyoming

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Workforce Programs for Veterans in Wyoming

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 will our course assist the student to create a resume but teaches the importance of tailoring and specifying critical skills and talents and then to further communicate these during the personal interview process.” “We feel our course is unlike anything else on our campus or within our community. This was our first semester to offer the course and our students provided shining reviews,“ stated Marty. This course is currently scheduled to be offered each spring semester.   Wyoming Department of Workforce Services Website: http://wyomingworkforce.org/workers/employment/veterans/   The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services Employment & Training Workforce Centers offers employment and training services to Veterans from all services on a Priority of Service basis. “We offer co-enrollment in the Wagner-Peyser and Workforce Innovations and Opportunities Act. These are programs that focus on employment services such as job search, resumes, mock interviews, career guidance & planning, and training opportunities for job seekers to become marketable in the local labor market area,” stated Andrea Hixon, the Program Strategy Team Manager. The services offered include: Resumes and Cover Letters Providing individualized assistance with formatting and...

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Pilot Hill Project Update: April 29, 2019

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Pilot Hill Project Update: April 29, 2019

Pilot Hill Project Financing Pursuit of a state land swap continues as the most viable option to facilitate public acquisition of the 5,500-acre Pilot Hill Project (PHP). The Office of State Lands staff and completed 23 appraisals and continue to determine which properties best meet the project goals and engaging in discussions with interested purchasers. A 60-day public comment period on the Land Exchange proposal will most likely occur in late Fall 2019, with a State Land Investment Board vote in early 2020. Pledges and funds received to date total approx. $860,000 – approx. 50% of estimate needed for planning and initial infrastructure development. A Third amendment to the Purchase and Sale Agreement between the County and Owner extended the purchase option to March 2020 to accommodate the land swap process. PHP Oversight Committee is establishing a non-profit intended to intermediate the land management agreements and to facilitate ongoing fundraising efforts in support of long-term site management.   Land Management and Park Planning State Parks and Historic Sites staff have started due diligence to consider managing the recreation portions of PHP under a management agreement. WY Game and Fish Department is evaluating the potential to establish a Wildlife Habitat Management Area on a portion of the land potentially defraying some of the state lease fees and ensuring professional management of wildlife issues. A request for qualifications was approved by the Albany County Commissioners on April 23 and will be published this week. The scope of the work includes advising on a land use management plan and determining access sites, park amenities and trail system locations. Plans are being developed for hosted Pilot Hill public access days this summer/fall, per current landowner’s offer to support public awareness and input to land management planning. Community meetings facilitated by Haub School staff will also be held this fall to help inform the planning process. The Pole Mountain Unit of the Medicine Bow National Forest will focus one of their public input meetings on connectivity to PHP land during their non-motorized use plan update this summer/fall. Communications efforts continue to focus on web (Pilothill.org), social media, public event tabling, Boomerang letters to the editor, and other low-cost forums.   To learn more or find out how to support the Pilot Hill Project, visit...

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LCBA Welcomes New Marketing & Membership Director, Melissa Ross

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LCBA Welcomes New Marketing & Membership Director, Melissa Ross

This week the LCBA welcomed Melissa Ross as the new Marketing and Membership Director. Melissa is a Wyoming native, who grew up in Campbell County and received her Bachelor of Arts in Art from the University of Wyoming. Over the last 11 years, Melissa has spent most of her career in marketing with both start-up companies and growing businesses. She also has a diverse entrepreneurial background. Melissa is excited to join the LCBA and help push the vision and efforts of the LCBA forward! Feel free to stop by and introduce yourself to Melissa. You can reach her at...

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