CTE Demonstration Project Grant

Contact Information

CTE - Education Consultant
Lauren Easom
(307) 777-3549

2018-20 CTE Demonstration Project Grant

The CTE Demonstration Project Grant is a competitive state grant to fund expenses associated with the planning, development and implementation of a new or expansion of existing high school CTE programs and will:

  • Prepare high school students for post-secondary options
  • Connect academic and technical curriculum
  • Provide innovation to ensure career choices, work-based learning and dual enrollment, and
  • Support workforce, education and economic needs of Wyoming

In order to apply, a school district must have at least one post-secondary partner, and one business or industry partner. Grant funds will be awarded for July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2020. Demonstration projects must be sustainable after the funding period. The demonstration project maximum cannot exceed $125,000. Applications will open in March 2020.

The grant is enabled by W.S. 21-12-105.

  • CTE Demonstration Project Grant Application

2018-20 Recipients

“Nursing Program”

  • Award Recipient: Lincoln County School District #2
  • Project Coordinator: Tyler Jack

Overview of the Project:  To remedy the need for career/vocational class offerings at Swift Creek High School (SCHS), the need of Star Valley Medical Center (SVMC) and other medical providers within the area for more nursing staff, and to gain resources to purchase the needed equipment and supplies to run a quality and competitive Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program that enables students to leave high school with a skill and certification that they can immediately use in the workforce.

“Mobile Process Technology Laboratory”

  • Award Recipient: Carbon County School District #1
  • Project Coordinator: Seth Dishman

Overview of the Project: Carbon County Higher Education Center (CCHEC) and Sinclair Wyoming Refining Company (SWRC) will to develop a mobile process technology laboratory at CCHEC that will integrate existing CTE programs and prepare students for multiple career and education opportunities. This will be accomplished by doing the following:

Sinclair Wyoming Refining Company (SWRC), the largest employer in Carbon County will work with Michael Broad, Wyoming State Director Office of Apprenticeship and Western Wyoming Community College Outreach/Carbon County Higher Education Center and Carbon County School District #1 to develop an industry led pre-apprenticeship program that will create a pathway to apprenticeship for students at Rawlins High School.

The pre-apprenticeship phase will include delivery of industry required, competency-based certifications and simulated lab experiences in the process plant lab to be located at Western Wyoming Community College Outreach/Carbon County Higher Education Center.  As students reach the age of 18 and are eligible to participate in hazardous occupation apprenticeships, students will be able to work on site at SWRC to complete the program.

Beginning year two high school students will be responsible for developing a curriculum, under the guidance of teachers and aligned with SWRC industry standards, for presentation to middle school students to generate enthusiasm for the program among younger students; initiate and complete the process of developing a Registered Apprenticeship program.

 “New Ag Program at GHS”

  • Award Recipient: Big Horn County School District #3
  • Project Coordinator: Scott McBride

Overview of the Project: This project will consist of the development of an agriculture program at Greybull High School that will encourage the participation of traditional CTE students and non-traditional CTE students. This project will establish career clusters and pathways that will lead to post-secondary institutions and/or workforce entry options. This will be done through curriculum development and alignment, with the support of Northwest College and local industry leaders. The agriculture program will include classroom instruction as well as hands-on application of classroom instruction at the school ranch called the “Buff Ranch”.

At the Buff Ranch students will be able to apply skills in horticulture, greenhouse management, mining reclamation research, small and large animal care, and natural resources management. Classroom and ranch application will be based on state and national standards in agriculture education.

“Future Ready for Wind River Students”

  • Award Recipient: Fremont County School District #6
  • Project Coordinator: Vay Jensen

Overview of the Project: For all graduates from Wind River High School to receive both a high school diploma and obtain an industry certificate for graduation. To support both college and career bound students, the high school re-visioning involves assuring all students get a meaningful internship in his/her chosen pathway.

In support of pathway offerings for students, the Wind River High School Agriculture program will implement a comprehensive welding program in Career and Technical Education that would lead to options in multiple types of welding industry certifications.  In a joint effort between Wind River High School and Central Wyoming College (CWC), Wind River High School will implement additional CTE/STEM curriculum that will allow students to gain additional credit with CWC.  Students will be able transition into post-secondary education without duplication of classes.

In addition to dual-credit enrollment, students at Wind River High School will have the opportunity to gain a certificate in one or more of the following welding processes:  Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding, Flux Core Arc Welding and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding.  This certificate process is endorsed through the American Welding Societies Schools Excelling through National Skills Education (AWS SENSE) program.


  • Award Recipient: Natrona County School District #1
  • Project Coordinator: Troy Corson

Overview of the Project: To provide an innovative approach for students at the Pathways Innovation Center to repair vehicles and components and to build Rat Rods. Rat Rods represent a cumulative finished product that students build while completing valuable industry certifications.  This will allow students highly rigorous, work-based experiences in an authentic shop setting.  Increasing opportunities for these work-based projects, such as a building a Rat Rod, will allow the math instructor to implement high-level math courses at a rigorous level. The Languages Arts program will include English III and English IV. Any student that chooses a pathway toward a postsecondary institution, industry job or a military career will benefit, and as a sustainable project, the proceeds from the sale of the project will be used as start-up funding for subsequent projects