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Wyoming Career Information System

Program Goals and Emphasis

The mission of the Wyoming Career Resource Network (WYCRN) is to provide relevant and timely career development resources to all citizens of Wyoming, young and old, who need assistance to uncover the “perfect? occupation.

State Economic Profile

Economic and Environmental Profile

Major industries include farming (cattle, sheep), mining (coal, uranium), oil, natural gas and tourism. Government, retail trade and leisure and hospitality have the largest employment figures.

The January 2006 unemployment rate was 3.1%, as compared to 3.5% in April 2005.
Key Economic Sectors

• Government
• Health & Social Services
• Leisure & Hospitality
• Manufacturing
• Professional & Business Services
• Retail Trade

State Career Resource Activities

Highlighted Activities

• WyCRN has developed a Web-based portfolio system, Book Set, which allows students to record all high school and non-high school experiences. Students can record their courses from a drop-down list, and the program will connect those courses to the state standards, which in turn connect to individual occupations from the O*Net site. Students explore the careers that match their coursework and begin to see what the postsecondary educational requirements will be.

• WyCRN has supported and provided career development resources to the Wyoming TRIO programs, including the Educational Talent Search, Math/Science Initiative Project, Upward Bound, Educational Opportunity Center, McNair Scholars Project, and Student Support Services. The TRIO projects continue to utilize our CIDS resources as well as implementing the portfolio system.
Primary Activities and Trainings

Wyoming has conducted the following activities and trainings:
• Career Clusters
• Career Development Portfolios-- Wyoming Career and Planning Portfolio
• Career Fair Sponsor
• Career Information Delivery Systems
• CHOICES Training
• Facilitating Career Development
• Improved Career Decision-Making in a Changing World
• National Career Development Guidelines
• O*NET- Dictionary of Occupational Titles
• Real Game
• Supply Demand Matrix
Career Information Delivery Systems (CIDS)

CIDS are computer-based systems providing local, state, and national information about careers and employment opportunities. State sites for CIDS include:

Elementary Schools0
Middle Schools 55
High Schools 72
Community Colleges 7
4-Year Colleges/Universities 1
Other 25

Primary Resources

Wyoming has published the following resources:
• Career Development Portfolios
• Career Tabloids
• Facilitating Career Development
• National Career Development Guidelines
• Programs of Study
• State Licensed Occupations Guide
• The Real Game Series
• WY and Regional School Information
• Wyoming Occupations Publication

Program Funding and Partnerships

Other Funding Sources

The program receives additional funding from the following sources:
• Program Income
• State of Wyoming
Significant Program Partnerships

• University of Wyoming
• Wyoming Department of Education
• Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

Resource Allocation

Contact Information

State Contact

Project Director
Rob Bennett
University of Wyoming
1000 East University Avenue
P.O. Box 3808
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766-6531
Fax: (307) 766-4020
e-mail: [email protected]
State Administrative Location

Wyoming Career Information System (WCIS)

Regional Contact Information