Wind River Job Corps students Ty Renninger, Devon Crayton, Damien Laver and Auroura Fowler visited Smith’s to talk about the program with customers. (Submitted photo)

Everybody has a story to tell, ranging from the funny to sad, inspiring to enlightening. In the next few weeks, you may see young people roaming the streets of Riverton in gray sweatshirts, telling their stories to the community. These are the Street Teams of Wind River Job Corps. If you come upon them, say hello. They may tell you their story, and they’d love to hear yours, and about how you found, and are still finding, success in life.      

Street Teams are part of a new initiative at Wind River Job Corps that provides students employability skills training by having them socialize with adults, providing public speaking opportunities, helping them articulate their ideas and practice their networking skills. In the process, they also help the Job Corps campus connect better with the local community, and get to understand the concept of mutual wins.

Students are recognizable by their gray hoodie with our new Wind River antelope mascot logo. They’ll also be able to hand people they meet a business card with their name and campus contact information.

If you see them out in the community, be sure to say hello. They might even be up to the task of a good deed or two (as in shoveling a sidewalk) dependent on timing.

For questions, or further information, call Wind River Job Corps’ Business & Community Liaison Jerri Prejean at 307-857-9755 or (cell) 307-363-3904.

WIND RIVER JOB CORPS serves up to 300 campus-based and non-residential students generally

originating from the Rocky Mountain states. The center provides over 16 career tracks offered through

eight vocational programs, including pre-apprenticeship opportunities. These programs have been

determined and developed based on the current high-performing job market trends in the region.

Included in vocational training are employability skills and community engagement. Wind River Job

Corps is the newest of the 124 Job Corps centers located throughout the United States, opening in 2015.

It is operated by the Alternate Perspectives, Inc. for the Department of Labor and is located at 4200

Airport Rd in Riverton, Wyoming.

JOB CORPS is a program administered by the United States Department of Labor. The program helps income-eligible young people ages 16 through 24 complete their high school education, trains them for meaningful careers, and assists them with obtaining employment. Job Corps has trained and educated over two million individuals since 1964. It is the largest nationwide residential career training program in the country and has been operating for more than 50 years.

At Job Corps, students have access to room and board while they learn skills in specific training areas for up to three years. In addition to helping students complete their education, obtain career technical skills and gain employment, Job Corps also provides transitional support services, such as help finding employment, housing, child care, and transportation. Job Corps graduates either enter the workforce or an apprenticeship, go on to higher education, or join the military.

API Alternate Perspectives Incorporated (API) is a certified small, woman-owned company with corporate headquarters just outside our nation’s capital. API’s mission is to help individuals and organizations achieve their goals and realize their dreams by providing them with new ways of thinking to create new ways of doing. API staff have extensive Job Corps experience in almost every aspect of the Job Corps program. The API Operating model begins with building a “positive normative culture” at each center defined by four norms: respect self, respect others, respect community, and strive for excellence.

Students and staff at the Wind River Job Corps Center are expected to adopt and embrace these norms to learn, grown, and strive for continuous improvement. In addition to Wind River Job Corps, API operates the Westover Job Corps Center, and Shriver Job Corps Center, both in Massachusetts.