WYOMING – Gov. Mark Gordon announced a new initiative to bolster businesses, educators and job seekers in Wyoming. The new website dashboard is meant to focus on education and workforce development.
This dashboard – available at www.boots.wyo.gov – provides users with a greater understanding of what jobs are available in Wyoming, pathways through education to qualify for in-demand jobs, education and training values, labor supply and demand, and growth potential for Wyoming industries within the region. Tools available on the site are intended to support the goals of the state and act as a piece of the solution addressing the challenges that face Wyoming businesses and citizens related to post-secondary attainment and workforce.
“This is an incredibly important tool to help Wyoming people both find jobs and find new opportunities. It addresses some of the challenges Wyoming workers and employers face by connecting them in a common forum,” Gov. Gordon said. “The ultimate goal is to get information about new and emerging employment and enterprise opportunities in the hands of those seeking to advance their careers, or grow and expand their businesses.”
The name BOOTS stands for business occupational outlook tool sets. The dashboard is meant to connect individuals to local education and job opportunities. Information and live data available on the dashboard is intended to help Wyoming businesses and workers address growing workforce challenges.
Robin Cooley, director of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, stressed the importance of the dashboard.
“For the people in Wyoming who are trying to figure out their career path and the businesses that are trying to hire the best employees possible, this dashboard is a vital resource to Wyoming and her people,” Cooley said.
Dr. Sandy Caldwell, the executive director of the Wyoming Community College Commission, discussed the education influence the dashboard may have upon young and non-traditional students.
“It provides the opportunity to match education pathways, which is a focus of post-secondary education and a fundamental building block of the Wyoming Innovation Partnership,” Dr. Caldwell said. “Under Gov. Gordon’s leadership these efforts have resulted in this much-needed tool to connect community colleges and UW students with programs that lead to immediate and future careers right here in Wyoming.”
This project began back in 2019 when the governor’s office was awarded grant funding and technical assistance from the National Governors Association in partnership with Strada Education Network. In collaboration with five other states, Gov. Gordon’s office led a state team that gathered representatives from Laramie County Community College, University of Wyoming, Wyoming Community College Commission, Wyoming Department of Education, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services and Wyoming Business Council, resulting in the successful development of the new dashboard.