Eastern Wyoming College Adult Education (AE) program along with AE programs throughout the state of Wyoming have begun to lay the groundwork for the creation of a new infrastructure that provides services to students along chosen career pathways. This new infrastructure paves the way for Adult Education to provide a wide variety of new services to local employers, such as pre-employment trainings, and integrated education and training models developed specifically for an employer. These new services are in addition to the traditional services AE offers, such as on the job trainings, high school equivalency certification instruction, concurrent enrollments for Adult Education students, and English Language Acquisition classes.
In preparation for the delivery of these new services, three EWC instructors from the AE program earned National Career Pathways Certification as endorsed by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning in Chicago, IL Diane McQueen, Torrington, WY; Dr. Sandy Cooper, Wheatland, WY; and Terri Griffin, Douglas, WY were presented with their Career Pathways Certification on April 22, 2016. In recognition of these completions, the Wyoming Community College Commission’s Adult Education program will officially recognize the Adult Education Centers in Torrington, Wheatland, and Douglas as official Career Pathways Centers for the State of Wyoming.
“The State certification is an important piece to the services provided for Adult Education, particularly for those students who are post-secondary bound and wish to apply for a Pell grant. Pell grant stipulations require that Adult Education students be enrolled in an officially recognized Career Pathways program and up until now, Wyoming did not have any of these programs. With these certifications, EWC’s Adult Education program now has three officially recognized Career Pathways Centers,” said Diane McQueen, AE Director.
For more information about the Adult Learning Center at EWC contact Diane McQueen at 307.532.8399.