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Gordon allocates $7.5 million in CARES Act funding toward adult education scholarships

Governor’s Press Conference July 15, 2020 (Wyoming PBS, YouTube)

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon has allocated $7.5 million in federal CARES Act funding toward a Wyoming Adult Education Grant program, the governor’s office announced on Wednesday, Aug. 5.

The program “will provide scholarships to Wyoming adults between the ages of 25 and 64 who are unemployed or underemployed due to the impacts of COVID-19,” the release explains.

The funding can be used to pay for education at the University of Wyoming or community colleges in the state.

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“During this crisis these grants will help impacted workers obtain new skills and advance their careers,” Gordon said in the announcement. “They will also help Wyoming progress towards its goal of building a highly trained, well-equipped workforce.”

Gordon’s office said that applications for the grants will open soon.

“The Wyoming Community College Commission strongly supports the Governor’s announcement of the Adult Education Grant Program,” Commission Deputy Director Dr. Ben Moritz said in the announcement. “Working adults are facing both economic and pandemic-related challenges and need training and education to obtain the skills employers are looking for. This grant program opens up these training opportunities to working adults who need it.”

Gordon’s office said that the $7.5 million allocation is the latest in a series of CARES Act allocations aimed to support education during the pandemic.

“It follows on the heels of the recent allocation of $26.5 million to help aid UW with its safe reopening plan and $32.5 million for community colleges for their plans,” the release states. “The Governor has also allocated nearly $51.5 million in CARES Act funding to support the operations of K-12 schools around the state.”

“Those funds will support the reopening of schools and include $42.5 million for technology to support distance learning, $7.3 million for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and $1.7 million to bolster food security programs.”

Gordon’s office notes that Wyoming received a $1.25 billion CARES Act allocation overall.

“The State Legislature passed new laws during a May special session guiding how that money can be spent,” the release explains. “To date, Governor Gordon has allocated approximately $710 million of those funds to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.

Officials ask that you please do not self-report to the Emergency Room. Persons experiencing problems breathing should call 9-11.

For general inquiries and non-symptom related questions about COVID-19, please contact the Casper-Natrona County Health Department via email: covid@cnchd.org

  • Practice Social Distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you’re sick
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  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

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