Wind River Job Corps Student of The Week: Raymond Williams

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.

Truck Driving Student’s Key to Success is Plan ahead and Focus

Congratulations to Raymond Williams, the current Wind River Job Corps’ most excellent
Student of the Week.

“This student will not let anything distract him! He is a doer, likes to have fun and is working hard in his trade,” says Job Corps center director Dr. Kristen Benson. Raymond came to Wind River Job Corps from Conroe, Texas. He says, “my goal is to complete my training as a heavy truck driver.” But Raymond enlists his entrepreneurial spirit when he looks to the future. “Once I get my Class A commercial driver’s license, I plan to work for my parents for two years until I have saved enough money to buy my own tractor-trailer,” Raymond says. “Then I will do some brokering with my mom so that I will be able to book my own loads for my future drivers.”

Raymond’s road to a bright future is clearly paved.


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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