RAWLINS - The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) Rawlins Workforce Center and the Carbon County Higher Education Center are recognizing five individuals from Carbon County who graduated from the KickBack Youth Program (Photo from left to right: Taylor Rodriguez, Kimbra Taggart, Shawneka Sifford, Katrina Freeman-King and Kenneth Brackett). The program is a collaboration between the two centers that provides employment training, life and work readiness instruction and high school equivalency diplomas to at-risk youth ages 16-21 in Carbon County.
"Hard work and dedication truly pay off," said Rawlins Workforce Center Manager Annette Mello. "This graduation marks not only an important academic milestone; it is an achievement that opens the doors for continued success and an even brighter future."
The students participated in a variety of workshops that covered topics from financial planning, goal setting, résumé building and mock interviews, among others.
"This was a tremendously rewarding program; we learned as much from our students as they learned from us," said Executive Director of the Carbon County Higher Education Center Dave Throgmorton. "We are proud of our five students who have earned their high school equivalency (and of the two following on their heels)."
This contingent was the first class to complete and graduate from the program. The DWS Rawlins Workforce Center and the Carbon County Higher Education Center are exploring options for further Kickback classes.