1. CLIMB WYOMING PROGRAM GIVES WOMEN EXPERIENCE NEEDED TO EARN A LIVABLE WAGE – article reprinted from Wyoming Council for Women’s Issues News, spring 2005

The Climb Wyoming programs offered through Our Families Our Future help to train female heads of household and young mothers to get jobs.


The Climb Wyoming Female Heads of Household program helps women obtain training in non-traditional careers such as construction, craft and truck driving. This extensive job training program provides the opportunity for single mothers to gain training in demand occupations.  Participants learn the skills they need to succeed in non-traditional careers and gain access to life skills workshops, counseling and a network of peer support.  Participants develop new job skills through extensive hands-on training; receive job placement assistance and guidance; and gain the confidence to make positive life choices


Climb Wyoming for Young Parents provides young mothers with comprehensive life and job skills training, GED preparation and work experience in jobs that earn a livable wage.  The program serves income-eligible young, single mothers for four to five months and includes:  job skills training, life skills training, job placement, allowing participants to find support among their peers, personalized GED tutoring and group and individual counseling.  For more information, visit the Our Future web site at:





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Check out this web site for eight critical issues facing you in the near future if you are transitioning from college to work:




If finishing your degree and starting your career is your next step in life, you’ll appreciate the tips offered in this web article that will help pave the way for an easy transition.  Also available at this web site are links to other career resources such as career transition resources and how to market yourself.




  1. MOTIVATE YOURSELF TO SUCCEED: “KEEP YOUR CAREER PLAN ALIVE” – From Master Student To Master Employee by Dave Ellis

You can use a variety of means to remember your goals and continue creating your future, including your career.  Following are some suggestions.


Display your goals.  Without reminders, even skilled planners can forget their goals.  One solution is to post written goals in prominent locations – the bathroom, bedroom, hall mirror, or office door.  Also write goals on 3x5 cards and tape them to walls or store them next to your bed.  Review the cards every morning and night.  You can make goals even more visible.  Create an elaborate poster or collage that displays your life purpose.  Use frames, color, graphics, and other visual devices to rivet your attention on your goals.


Add to your plan.  Goals might pop into your mind at the oddest moments – while you’re waiting in line, riding the bus, or stuck in traffic.  With a little preparation you can capture those fleeting goals.  Carry around a few 3x5 cards and a pen in your pocket or purse.  Or pack a small voice recorder with you.  Speak your goals and preserve them for all ages.


Schedule time for career planning.  Schedule a regular time and place to set and review career goals.  This is an important appointment with yourself.  Treat it as seriously as an appointment with your doctor.  Remember that planning does not have to take a lot of time.  In just one minute you can do the following:


·        Review your career plan.

·        Jot down a goal or two.

·        Visualize yourself meeting a goal.

·        Repeat an affirmation related to your goals.


Advertise your career plan.  When it comes to achieving your goals, everyone you know is a potential ally.  Take a tip from Madison Avenue and advertise!  Tell friends and family members about what you plan to be, do, or have.  Make your career plan public.


Enlist support.  People might criticize your goals.  “You want to promote world peace AND become a millionaire?  That’s crazy.”  Remember that there are ways to deal with resistance.  One way is to ask directly for support.  Explain how much your goal means to you and what you’ll do to achieve it.  Mention that you’re willing to revise your goal as circumstances change.  Also keep talking about your vision.  Goals that sound outlandish at first can become easier to accept over time.


Get coaching.  You can hire a personal life coach to assist with goal setting and achievement.  The principle is the same as hiring a personal training to set and meet fitness goals.  A life coach engages you in a conversation about goals for all areas of your life – work, family, finances, education, spirituality, and more.  To find such a person, key the words life coach into your favorite search sites on the Web.  National organizations for life coaches have their own sites, which can link you with resources in your own area.


Teach career planning.  There’s a saying:  “We teach what we most want to learn.”  You can turn this idea into an incentive for creating your future.  Explain the process of career planning to friends and family.  Volunteer to lead an informal seminar or workshop on this topic.  If you have children, help them to set and meet goals.


Enjoy the rewards.  Break large, long-term career goals into small tasks that you can finish in one hour or less.  Savor the feeling that comes with crossing items off a to-do list.  Experience accomplishment often.


At least once each year, list the career goals that you achieved and celebrate.  Do the same with goals in all areas of your life.  Let the thrill of meeting one goal lead you to setting more.




Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns recently unveiled MyPyramid, a new symbol and interactive food guidance system. “Steps to a Healthier You,” My Pyramid’s central message, supports President Bush’s Healthier US initiative which is designed to help Americans live longer, better and healthier lives.  MyPyramid, which replaces the Food Guide Pyramid introduced in 1992, is part of an overall food guidance system that emphasizes the need for a more individualized approach to improving diet and lifestyle.  The new pyramid illustrates:

·        Personalization

·        Gradual Improvement

·        Physical activity

·        Varity

·        Moderation

·        Proportionality

For information on the new interactive food guidance system, check out this web site: