Ryan Jardee, a University of Wyoming petroleum engineering student from Franktown, Colo., toured Cyclone Drilling in Campbell County as part of UW’s “Live Local, Work Local” career experience program. (Sarah Kauer Photo)
Six Wyoming students were among 13 UW students who visited Gillette earlier this spring as part of the university’s Live Local, Work Local program. The goal for this third session of the program was to help the students understand the driving forces within a community.
During the two-day event, the students toured NARM, Wyodak, and Area 59. The students also took immersion tours based on their own areas of interest.
“One thing that stood out was the sense of community that exists in Gillette,” said UW student advisor Jennie Hedrick. “Gillette has a lot more to offer beyond coal. It seems that most of the businesses we visited had a genuine interest in supporting other businesses in town. Gillette residents welcomed us with open arms and were very excited to host this group of students.”
Some other local businesses that participated include Heaven to Earth, Gillette Brewing Company, Ice Cream Café, and Above the Line CPAs, just to name a few.
“It allowed for so many networking opportunities and being able to connect with people who have experienced the workforce firsthand,” says Baylie Buckmiller, a business management major from Moorcroft.
The other Wyoming students who participated include Kyle Jensen of Buffalo, Kia Hageman of Casper, Alyssa Bjorkquist of Cheyenne, Todd Muller of Evanston, and Tia Owens of Mountain View.
The first two sessions of Live Local, Work Local toured Sweetwater and Fremont counties.