Laramie County Community College welcomes more career and technical education support from Washington

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - Filling job openings in Wyoming could get easier as lawmakers in Washington push for more hands-on training. In Laramie County career and technical education is vital to economic success.

Jill Koslosky says her career and technical education programs can always use more support from lawmakers in Washington.

“It’s critical for our community and our state and the region,” said Jill Koslosky the Dean of Business, Agriculture and Technical Studies at Laramie County Community College

Preparing for the future is a staple of Jill Koslosky’s program. Koslosky’s students are not staring at power points all day. She says with career and technical education programs, they are thrown in the middle of what could be a trade they stick to for years.

“There’s just so many ways to build your skills and your experience before you work out there in these careers,” said Koslosky.

She says students can be paired with internships or apprenticeships, gathering hands-on experience in a wide array of fields, from welding to computer information systems. Jobs, she says, that need filling in Wyoming.

“This is what drives our economy and so we need more people to be working in these industries and that’s going to take more students coming through our programs,” said Koslosky.

But she says her programs need continued support from Washington. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) is hoping to update career and technical education programs across the country.

“What we want is for the kids in Wyoming who get a fantastic education in Wyoming to stay in Wyoming,” said Enzi.

Enzi says the bipartisan update of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act will inspire more schools to use these programs. The last renewal of the bill happened in 2006. Now, Enzi says, in addition to funding, there will be less paperwork for administrators and schools can better tailor their programs to community needs.

“It doesn’t do us any good to train a kid for a job in New York if they don’t want to go to New York,” said Enzi.

The bill is now up for a final floor vote in the Senate.