#Wyostrong: “That’s when I began to believe that I could start my own business.”
Overcoming adversity wasn’t anything new for Phyllis Whitlock, but after she had been laid off from the oilfield multiple times she knew it was time to make a new career choice. She decided to go to college.
With encouragement from her niece, Whitlock was connected to the TRIO program at Central Wyoming College, a federal program that works with first generation college students. The program also provides tutoring services for all students and guidance for low income and disabled students.
“I was pretty scared,” Whitlock said. Starting school after being in the workforce for many years and adjusting to a technologically intense education program was a challenge. “I came to CWC with very little experience in technology, so I started with some computer classes,” Whitlock said.
She eventually decided to major in agri-business and accounting, and began classes in entrepreneurship. “That’s when I began to believe that I could start my own business.”
After graduating with honors Whitlock started her own business, Rid the Rodent, to help farmers and ranchers control rodent populations on their land. She attributes her success to the hard work she put into earning her degree and the people who helped her launch her business.
Not only did she have the support from the college but she also had support from her family. Whitlock said. “I couldn’t have accomplished what I did without their love and support.”