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Sinks Canyon Center hosts the Youth Summer Work Program
Twelve students from Lander Valley and Pathfinder High Schools are gaining valuable on the job training as employees and students of the Facilities Maintenance Technology (FMT) summer work program. The program is a partnership between Central Wyoming College, BOCHES, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, Vocational Rehabilitation and local employers. The program provides students with both classroom and hands-on job training in the field of facilities maintenance technology. Students have the option to select either a technician or leadership track. The technician track consists of year 1-laborer, year 2- technician l and year 3-technician ll. The leadership track consists of year 1-laborer, year 2- crew leader and year 3-foreman.
The students’ work week consists of 28 hours of on the job training and 12 hours per week of CWC courses. Emphasis is placed on developing good work ethics and leadership skills. Students completing this three year program can achieve a credential and will have the majority of credits required for a certificate in facilities maintenance technology.
During a typical work day, the students are involved in a variety of tasks and projects to keep the busy Sinks Canyon Center running smoothly. Each day, all the buildings are cleaned, trash disposed of, and recyclables gathered, sorted and taken to the recycling center. Students set up chairs and tables for upcoming weddings which happen weekly at the SCC. After the wedding, they tear down and clean the site to have it ready for the next event. During the week long breaks between Wilderness EMT courses, the students clean and sanitize the cabins to have them ready for the next group. They also steam clean carpets in the classrooms. The shower house is thoroughly detailed to ensure a spotless facility for the guests.