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Wind River Job Corps Provides Optimism

Craig Blumenshine
Wyoming PBS

Wyoming’s first ever Job Corps center was dedicated in Riverton on Monday. The Wind River Job Corps center serves students between the ages of 16 and 24 and will train them to work in the oil and gas industry. 

Officials are hopeful that it will specifically help young people on the Wind River Reservation. U.S. Senator Mike Enzi worked with Riverton officials to secure the funding and he said it’s a thrill to see the operation open. Enzi said it will help the entire state.           

“A tremendous opportunity for Riverton, and Fremont County, and Wyoming, and this entire region. And it will actually make a difference for the whole United States. This is an opportunity. It took a decade of work, but it will provide decades of opportunity.”

The Wyoming Job Corps serves 300 students. U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said the Job Corps gives students a second chance to have an outstanding future. 

Bob Beck retired from Wyoming Public Media after serving as News Director of Wyoming Public Radio for 34 years. During his time as News Director WPR has won over 100 national, regional and state news awards.
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