Wind River Job Corps Student of The Week: Lyle Old Elk

    Each week, staff at Wind River Job Corps nominates a student who has shown excellent behavior towards their academics and peers. To view all nominated students, click here.

    Wind River Job Corps Student Transforms  

    This student arrived and Wind River Job Corps’ a little timid but eager to learn.  Lyle Old Elk has been working towards his high school diploma, learner’s permit and certifications in his welding trade.  

    “This young man has transformed himself from when he first arrived at Wind River Job Corps’.  I have seen an evolution with this student from week one and now,” says center direction Dr. Kristen Benson.  

    Lyle came from Crow Agency, Montana to Wind River Job Corps’ in July.  He has received his OSHA 10 certification and is working hard on mastering his bead on plate (BOP).  Lyle says, “I plan on moving to Oklahoma after I graduate where I can stay with my uncle while I work as a pipe welder on the pipeline.”

    Center director Dr. Kristen Benson adds, “Lyle has figured out what he needs to do for himself to become a successful Wind River Graduate and I am pleased to see the positive changes that not only me, but other staff as well have noticed.”

    Congratulations Lyle Old Elk, you are Wind River Job Corps’ Student of the Week. 

    WIND RIVER JOB CORPS serves up to 300 campus-based and non-residential students generally originating from the Rocky Mountain states. The center provides over 16 career tracks offered through eight vocational programs, including pre-apprenticeship opportunities. These programs have been determined and developed based on the current high-performing job market trends in the region. Included in vocational training are employability skills and community engagement. Wind River Job Corps is the newest of the 124 Job Corps centers located throughout the United States, opening in 2015. It is operated by the Alternate Perspectives, Inc.  for the Department of Labor and is located at 4200 Airport Rd in Riverton, Wyoming.

    JOB CORPS is a program administered by the United States Department of Labor. The program helps income-eligible young people ages 16 through 24 complete their high school education, trains them for meaningful careers, and assists them with obtaining employment. Job Corps has trained and educated over two million individuals since 1964. It is the largest nationwide residential career training program in the country and has been operating for more than 50 years.

    At Job Corps, students have access to room and board while they learn skills in specific training areas for up to three years. In addition to helping students complete their education, obtain career technical skills and gain employment, Job Corps also provides transitional support services, such as help finding employment, housing, child care, and transportation. Job Corps graduates either enter the workforce or an apprenticeship, go on to higher education, or join the military.

    API Alternate Perspectives Incorporated (API) is a certified small, woman-owned company with corporate headquarters just outside our nation’s capital. API’s mission is to help individuals and organizations achieve their goals and realize their dreams by providing them with new ways of thinking to create new ways of doing. API staff have extensive Job Corps experience in almost every aspect of the Job Corps program. The API Operating model begins with building a “positive normative culture” at each center defined by four norms: respect self, respect others, respect community, and strive for excellence. Students and staff at the Wind River Job Corps Center are expected to adopt and embrace these norms to learn, grown, and strive for continuous improvement. In addition to Wind River Job Corps, API operates the Westover Job Corps Center, and Shriver Job Corps Center, both in Massachusetts. 

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