Department of Workforce Services http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Privacy Concerns Swirl Around Statewide Student Database http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/privacy-concerns-swirl-around-statewide-student-database <p></p><p>Nationwide, including Wyoming, states are working to build huge databases that can track students from preschool all the way into the workforce. In the brave new world of big data, the thought is—more information means smarter education policy decisions and improved learning. But some parents worry that these systems will go too far.</p><p>At Laramie County Community College, a classroom full of people is talking about control groups and independent variables. It’s not as exciting as it sounds, but it is important.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 23:16:19 +0000 Aaron Schrank 60526 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Privacy Concerns Swirl Around Statewide Student Database Wyoming’s job growth is slow but steady http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-s-job-growth-slow-steady <p>Wyoming’s unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest point since January 2009 when the economic downturn&nbsp;began to affect the state.&nbsp; It’s now at 4.4 percent.&nbsp; This time last year, it was 5 percent.&nbsp; The&nbsp;national&nbsp;unemployment rate is 7 percent.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 00:15:50 +0000 Melodie Edwards 51780 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming’s job growth is slow but steady Work-related deaths on the rise http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/work-related-deaths-rise <p>Thirty-one workers died on the job in Wyoming in 2012, up from 29 the year before. That’s according to a report by&nbsp;Wyoming’s occupational epidemiologist.&nbsp; Wyoming has&nbsp;one&nbsp;of the worst workplace&nbsp;death rates in the nation. The report attributes that to the fact that&nbsp;a large proportion of Wyoming’s workforce is employed in high risk occupations like&nbsp;oil and gas,&nbsp;ranching,&nbsp;and construction jobs.</p><p></p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 14:24:58 +0000 Melodie Edwards 49946 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Work-related deaths on the rise Code Camps grant will train Wyomingites to be software programmers http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/code-camps-grant-will-train-wyomingites-be-software-programmers <p>The Lander-based software company Pitch Engine has received a grant from the Department of Workforce Services to train 30 Wyomingites to be software developers.</p><p></p><p>Pitch Engine co-founder Jason Kintzler says there’s a shortage of programmers nationwide, and a growing number of companies need workers who can keep up with changing technology.</p><p>“Regardless of the industry, whether it be energy, tourism, agriculture, they’re all impacted by tech, and at some level, they’re all gonna be touched by these type of skill sets,” Kintzler says.</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 13:17:33 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 46971 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Code Camps grant will train Wyomingites to be software programmers