The University of Wyoming and the state’s community colleges are contributing to the effort to get more young residents involved in the building trades, according to the head of the Wyoming Construction Coalition.
Heidi Peterson, whose organization hosted a lunch for legislators on Monday, praised the work done to prepare students for jobs in construction.
“The university started their construction program this year, we have 62 students in it for the first year,” she said. “Then … all of the junior colleges have different programs You can go to Torrington for welding, for example, for a skills trade.”
The coalition is watching three bills making their way through the Legislature that would make some changes in the way government entities hire and pay contractors and those providing professional services, such as architects.