The Undersecretary, Kevin Concannon, was in Cheyenne to learn more about the organization’s approach to helping low-income single moms. Concannon said Climb Wyoming is one of the best programs of its kind in the country.
Climb Wyoming trains and finds jobs for women in a wide variety of industries so they can support their families. Concannon said the recession of 2008 may be over, but its residual effects still impact millions of single parents with limited education and other financial challenges. Concannon said self-sufficiency can develop through the kind of access to career training and job services that Climb Wyoming provides.
“We know it’s important for people to get the help when they need it,” said Concannon. “But we’re also deeply interested in saying, what can we do to position families so that in the future they won’t need the program? And we all know one of the best ways to do that is to make sure we provide them with access to employment and training.”
Concannon said Climb Wyoming is a great model for other states with similar programs.