Graduation certificates were handed out by Green Construction Academy Coordinator Rajean Strube Fossen Friday from the porch of a nearly complete duplex constructed by students. (Ernie Over photo) 

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Students from Wind River and Riverton High Schools who participated in the Green Construction Academy this past school semester were graduated receiving tool belts and a pay check for their work. Students in Riverton worked on a duplex project across from the new Riverton Fire Department Station on South Broadway and Wind River students rehabbed a former modular classroom adjacent to their school in Pavillion. Earlier GCA students in Thermopolis had their graduation ceremony after constructing three storage barns and an exhibit.

The students who successfully completed the program also received their OSHA Safety Certification Card and a First Aid CPR card in addition to their graduation certificate.

The ceremony, held on the site of the Riverton project, included a lunch for the students, their families and friends.

Students who graduated are: Dustin Woods, Eddie Shells, Norman Bitsie, Bradley Malek, Dustin Hart, Darwin Enos, Shane Spoonhunter, C.J. Watterson, James Finley, Drew Koenig, Joe Spear, Justin Pederson, Colton Stiffarm, Chance Stiffarm, Andrew Murdock and Cara Longtine.

Wind River High School Woodworking and Green Construction Academy instructor Kiley Chatfield presented a "Level Headed" award to student Chance Stiffarm for his leadership in the class. (Ernie Over photo)

Wind River High School Woodworking and Green Construction Academy instructor Kiley Chatfield presented a “Level Headed” award to student Chance Stiffarm for his leadership in the class. (Ernie Over photo)

Students from RHS who received the "Level Headed" award, which included a certificate, a level and a  pair of gloves, were Darwin Enos, James Finley, and Shane Spoonhunter. instructor Dave Peschio presented the awards. (Ernie Over photo)

Students from RHS who received the “Level Headed” award, which included a certificate, a level and a pair of gloves, were, from left, Darwin Enos, James Finley, and Shane Spoonhunter. instructor Dave Peschio presented the awards. (Ernie Over photo)

Amazing crew at Thermopolis Graduation. They built three of these sheds in three weeks. LtoR Mr. VanHeule, Jeffery Averill, Alex Brawley, John Cramer, Jerry Umbdenstock, Jake Hart, and Mr. Cramer. Not shown Coleton Draper. Good Job Guys.We served 7 students, 6 who finished the program and graduated with a tool belt and personal protective gear to keep.  The end products were one jail display for a community organization and 3 storage sheds.  Every student gained useful skills in work ethic and green construction.

Amazing crew at Thermopolis Green Construction Academy Graduation.  L to R Mr. VanHeule, Jeffery Averill, Alex Brawley, John Cramer, Jerry Umbdenstock, Jake Hart, and Mr. Cramer. Not shown Coleton Draper. The program enrolled  7 students at Hot Springs County High school, 6 whom finished the program and graduated with a tool belt and personal protective gear to keep. The end products were one jail display for a community organization and 3 storage sheds that were built in three weeks. Every student gained useful skills in work ethic and green construction.

The Green Construction Academy class at Wind River High School refurbished a modular classroom obtained from FCSD#25. Top if after the work, bottom is before the work started. (FCBOCES)

The Green Construction Academy class at Wind River High School refurbished a modular classroom obtained from FCSD#25. Top if after the work, bottom is before the work started. (FCBOCES)