Two local Job Corps Students to represent state at national conference

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Two of the first students admitted to the Wind River Job Corps Center will represent Wyoming at a national Job Corps conference in Washington, D.C. this coming week. Adrian Cook and Gabe Shotgun, both 20, are in the welding program. Shotgun is also the first job corps student to earn his high school diploma there. “They have it set up here where we are on academics one week and then the trades the next so I was able to get my diploma in two months and one week,” Shotgun said. “I had dropped out of Riverton High School, my Mom suggested I look into the job corps program. I didn’t know about it, and then I started becoming very successful,” he said. Shotgun and Cook are in the same welding program. Cook is the Student Government Association President. “I’m liking it, it’s a great program, I came here with no welding experience and now I have six months of learning and welding which I plan to use in college,” Cook said. “I plan on attending Central Wyoming College this summer and going for a certification in welding and an Associates degree in business administration.” He said he would like to work on pipelines or at a fabrication shop for several years and then start his own welding and furniture making business. Shotgun said he wants to continue his education at college, or perhaps the Job Corps’ advanced welding training center in Kentucky. At the recent CWC Discovery Days, Shotgun said he visited the welding labs there “and I knew what they were talking about.” Cook said, “I had a great idea of what was going on at CWC.” The two young men were chosen to represent the center at the national conference “on the recommendation of staff based on their experience, behavior, work performance and overall attitude,” said Christa Stream, WRJCC’s business and community liaison. “They will meet with other job corps students from around the country. We’ll leave on Monday and come home on Friday. We’ll be in classes the other three days with some time off to visit our Congressional delegation and see the sights.” Shotgun said he was honored to be chosen to represent the Center at the conference. “I’m looking forward to new experiences and maybe good lessons. It’ll be an experience I’ll never forget,” he said. Cook agreed. #county10 #news