Employment Resources for Workers
JOB OPENINGS & PREPARATION HELP – These two organizations are primary sources of local job openings, but also available for other types of one-on-one job-seeking help as well, including interest assessments, resume preparation, and interviewing tips and practice.
• Sheridan Workforce Center (a part of the State of Wyoming’s Department of Workforce Services), 1095 Sugarview Drive (behind Perkins Family Restaurant; across the street from Martinizing Dry Cleaning), Sheridan, (307) 672-9775, www.wyomingatwork.com.
• Employ (private, locally owned employment service) – being established in Sheridan, to provide temporary, direct hire, and call center services throughout Wyoming. Employ’s goal is to put Wyoming workers in a position to match their skill set with the job they desire and will partner with the employer to find a successful match. Current contact: Susan Porden, (307) 675-6657. Website (not yet operational): www.employwyo.com.
CHAMBER MEMBER JOB LISTINGS, as wells as links to other job listing sources [here]
STATEWIDE CONNECTION WITH EMPLOYERS (primarily building and energy industries) – Web application set up by the Wyoming state government where job seekers – particularly those impacted by energy layoffs – can complete a brief online form identifying skills, for employers statewide to tap when looking for workers. Sample skills on the form: heavy equipment operator, truck driver, mechanic, carpenter, pipefitter, HVAC….
Sheridan College – Sheridan College already offers a number of vocational programs (in addition to its 2-year liberal arts program and affiliated relationships for advanced degrees):
Carpentry … computer aided design (CAD) … computer information systems; networking administration; web design … construction technology … culinary arts … dental hygiene … diesel technology … drafting … horticulture and sports turf management … hospitality management … machine tool technology … massage therapy … natural resources and ranch land management … nursing … personal trainer education … welding …
Prospective Students – For more information on the college’s regular academic and technical vocation courses, contact Admissions/Advisory at (307) 674-6446 Ext 2000. For more information on workforce development workshops, contact Karen St. Clair at (307) 674-6446 Ext 4502 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
High School Equivalency Diploma – The State of Wyoming now offers three tests: GED, HiSET, and soon will be offering the TASC exam. Sheridan College now offers two tests, the GED and HiSET, all of which meet the standards of high school equivalency. The TASC exam will be available in the middle of the fall semester. For those who have taken the former GED but not completed it, there are still opportunities to complete it by the final testing day in December 2014 through the Combined Track Program. Call Sarah Riehn at (307) 674-6446 Ext 2703 or email email@example.com for more information.
AVAILABLE SCHOLARSHIPS, GRANTS
Training Grants – The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services offers grants up to $2,000 per trainee per fiscal year for established Wyoming businesses with existing employees who need a skill upgrade or re-training in their current occupations. The grants can also provide up to $4,000 per trainee per fiscal year for employees in new positions, depending on the employee’s full-time status and wage amount. Talk with your employer about being able to use these opportunities for additional training to make yourself more valuable to the business. For more information on these grants, see www.wyomingworkforce.org/businesses/wdtf/
Sheridan College Financial Aid – Talk with the Financial Aid Office at Sheridan College, (307) 674-6446 Ext 2100, about possible grants, loans, scholarships, or student employment for pursuing more education/training at the school.
Free Training for Veterans – No-credit classes at Sheridan College, including one-on-one computer training, available FREE to veterans. Call Karen St. Clair at (307) 674-6446 Ext 4502 to talk more about available classes or to talk about the possibility of creating a class for a particular skill.
Scholarships for Laid Off Miners – The Craig and Susan Thomas Foundation offers mentoring scholarships to at-risk students in Wyoming – up to $1,300 a semester to help students attend community colleges, the University of Wyoming or vocational education programs. The Foundation announced in early April 2016 that they are now also extending the program to miners who’ve been affected by the recent layoffs at the coal mines. (Eligibility is based on Wyoming residence, not mine location.) Applications for the fall semester must be received by May 1, 2016. (307) 634-8195 more information and application
ENTREPRENEURSHIP – STARTING & GROWING YOUR OWN BUSINESS
Entrepreneurial Advice and Assistance – no matter what stage you’re at, from just having a business idea in your head to preparing to sell your long-time business. One-on-one expert support in checking the feasibility of a new business idea, creating a business plan, looking at financial options, marketing, finding bookkeeping or accounting software, succession planning, etc. A free service providing trained specialists with Wyoming Entrepreneur / Small Business Development Center and funded by the University of Wyoming. Primary contact for the Sheridan area: Susan Jerke (pronounced yerk-y), (307) 682-5232.
“Small Biz U” – 20 online courses, ranging from 2 to 4 hours each, on different money, marketing, and managing aspects of starting and owning your own business. Select which courses might be most useful to you, and take the course at your own convenient time. $18 per course. Also a service of Wyoming Entrepreneur / Small Business Development Center. https://www.newsmallbizu.org/partners/wyensbdc/courses
“Ice House Entrepreneur” Training at Sheridan College – An 8-week course (one evening or one Saturday a week) to help new or potential entrepreneurs embrace the entrepreneurial mindset, while gaining real world insight and knowledge for starting a business. Also useful for those needing to have a different mindset for the business they already have. The current Ice House course is already in process, but give Karen St. Clair (674-6446 Ext 4502) if you’re interested in having another series of Ice House classes created. The prior courses have been $399 per person, but NO COST for veterans.
IF YOU’VE MOVED AWAY FROM WYOMING….
“Wyoming Grown” Initiative – A free Internet-based recruitment program initiated by Gov. Matt Mead in 2015 to encourage Wyoming natives who’ve moved away from the state to bring their talents back home to Wyoming. Post your resume on the website, and a recruitment will call you back to help connect you to in-demand job opportunities in our state. (307) 777-8650