Riverton to get a Job Corps Center
ob training centers help disadvantaged youths between the ages of 16-24
February 7, 2007
(Riverton, Wyoming) - U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao and U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., announced today that work on a multi-million dollar job training center to be located in Riverton should begin soon. The center will be the first located in Wyoming.
Job Corps helps disadvantaged young people between the ages of 16-24. The program is self-paced and can take between eight months and two years depending on the career area of study. Students are provided with career counseling and transition support for up to 12 months after they graduate.
The center will cost between $30-40 million and land acquisition should begin this year. The target for having students in the facility is 2011.
The new Job Corps Center will provide academic assistance and career technical training to about 550 students from Fremont County and around the state. High school and General Equivalency Diploma programs will also be offered. Career technical training courses will be available that will help prepare young people for careers in high-skill, high-growth industries in the 21st century worldwide economy.
“The unemployment rate in Fremont County is consistently higher than the rest of Wyoming. Riverton, the future site of the Wind River Job Corps Center, is also within the boundaries of the Wind River Reservation where great poverty and limited resources exist for educational opportunities. A Job Corps Center will provide a vital service in educating and training disadvantaged youth in Fremont County and Wyoming for employment in the energy sector,” Enzi said.
Job Corps U.S. Dept. of Labor