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Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming’s Career Works Program: Empowering Youth for the Future

CASPER - The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming proudly announces the success and ongoing impact of its Career Works program. Launched in March 2022, the intent of Career Works is to properly and adequately prepare youth, ages 12-18, to graduate from high school with a plan, whether it be a career path, college, technical or trade school, or the military. 
 
Career Works offers a well-rounded approach to youth development by focusing on essential skill development, career exploration, work-based learning, and skills certification activities. 

Recently, a younger teen group from the Club had the opportunity to visit E&F Towing Transport & Recovery, where they spoke with Hal Johnston, Operations Manager. Johnston provided an in-depth look at the company's operations and highlighted careers that require a CDL license. Emphasizing the growing demand in the industry, Johnston remarked, "CDL occupations are really going to skyrocket." 
 
The current Career Works partnership is a 6-week program with Moser Energy Systems. Participants rotate through departments like inventory, engine repair, engine rebuild, and C&C laser operation. Amanda Preddice-Milne, Career Development Coordinator at BGCCW, says, “The biggest issue for young people is their lack of awareness about opportunities, skills, and interests, and their lack of confidence in trying new things. Each partnership offers personal and professional growth in a safe environment.”
 
The upcoming summer schedule includes service learning with the Natural Resources Conservation Services, a program at the Casper Animal Medical Center with technicians, veterinarians, and boarding staff, and an artistic entrepreneurship program. At summer’s end, there is a 2-day Work Ethic Certification Course to learn how to “Bring your ‘A’ Game” to the workplace. In the fall, Jonah Bank offers a 6-week partnership on banking professions and financial literacy, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) with the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) offers a 5-week partnership on becoming an electrician.
 
These experiences give the teens valuable insights into potential career paths and the importance of specialized skills in the workforce. Daniel, a Career Works participant, says this about his experience, “This program is showing me what certain jobs require, the different tools I’ll need, and most importantly, what jobs are available to me.” The success of Career Works is a testament to the collaborative efforts of local businesses, educational institutions, and community organizations. 
 
For more information about the Career Works program or to get involved, please contact Amanda Preddice-Milne, Career Development Coordinator, at 307-234-2456 x129 or visit https://www.bgccw.org/programs-services/education-career-programs.

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