Climb Wyoming’s Gillette program was established in 2004, featuring such trainings as short-haul truck driving, warehouse tech­nol­ogy and healthcare careers.

Contact Information

405 West Boxelder Road, #B4
Gillette, WY 82718
Phone: (307) 685-0450
Email: gillette@climbwyoming.org

Upcoming Trainings

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

Location: Gillette Type: Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Information Meeting: Start Date: February 2018 Kick off 2018 with a NEW career and NEW opportunities in life! Our upcoming FREE Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training will find the right job for you in a variety of medical settings. Double your income and launch your career in a growing job market!

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Success Stories

Breanne

# of Kids: 1 Previous Occupation: Unemployed Previous Wage: Unemployed Current Occupation: Resource Development Specialist, United Way of Campbell County Current Wage: $2,600/month Breanne completed Climb's Professional Workflow Specialist training.

“I was feeling really frustrated that I just couldn’t find the right job for me. At times I was really hard on myself. Then we did this activity where we had paper plates on our backs and everyone in the group wrote something positive about each of us. When I saw what they wrote, it was so uplifting. I still have that plate—it’s hanging up for when I start to feel upset or down. Climb’s training helped me overcome some of what was holding me back. My job now is great because I get to give back and help people in the community who are struggling like I was. I have become a better me for my daughter. I love her seeing my happiness. Climb has given this light in our lives that is never going to be dimmed.”

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Sara

# of Kids: 4 Previous Occupation: Unemployed Previous Wage: Unemployed Current Occupation: Apartment Manager, NEW Management Current Wage: $3,102/month Sara completed Climb's Professional Workflow Specialist training.

“As a mother, you have to try to hold yourself together when things are hard, but when you have to decide whether to keep the lights on or put food on the table, it’s extremely stressful. I had no healthcare, no PTO, no 401k. It was just take your paycheck and go home, and it meant relying on state support. At Climb, you have to open up and look at what’s held you back. You shed a lot of tears, but that’s part of growing with other people in a nonjudgmental environment. We’re not on any state assistance anymore, and it’s amazing to not have to rely on anybody. We don’t have to struggle to go to the grocery store or worry about new school shoes or supplies. There’s less stress and chaos—in my house and in my job. I just got married and life is good!”

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Brittany

# of Kids: 2 Previous Occupation: Unemployed Previous Wage: Unemployed Current Occupation: Driver and Warehouse Technician Solving Tech Current Wage: $49,400/year Brittany completed Climb's Commercial Driving (CDL) training.

"Before Climb, I was struggling to make ends meet and pay my bills. I knew a few women who went through the Climb program and they encouraged me to do it. I was excited to get my CDL license and have a job with some physical activity involved. It was eye opening to be in Climb with other women and hear what they had gone through – it gave me perspective. I am still in touch with several of the other participants from my Climb program. Through life skills classes, Climb taught me how to handle tough situations – how to handle stress in the workplace, and how to communicate effectively. The group and individual counseling was really helpful – knowing that there was someone who you could trust and who you could tell anything. Today I am in a job where I do something different every day and I work with great people. I am working on buying a new house. I have two sons and I am able to spend more time with them, taking them on vacations and doing fun activities outside like swimming. It makes me happy to see my kids happy!"

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Lori

# of Kids: 4 Previous Occupation: Retail Previous Wage: $17,721/year Current Occupation: Concrete Driver/Pete Lien & Sons Current Wage: $46,800/year Lori completed Climb's Short-Haul Truck Driving (CDL) training.

“When my mom moved to Wyoming, she had $20 to her name. We were four months behind on rent, two months behind on our truck payment, and had sold almost everything we had. My younger siblings and I told her to check out Climb and go for it. We all just about fell over with excitement when we found out she’d been accepted. We were really proud of her. Climb wasn’t just a truck driving school. It helped her deal with things she’d encountered in life that are more important than how to drive. Her job is very physical, but Climb equipped her emotionally, too. The biggest change in my mom is that Climb really improved her self-esteem. Now we work together at Pete Lien & Sons. My mom is making so much progress financially. I attribute a lot of what we have now to Climb. And my mom—she’s one of the strongest people I know.” — Zachariah, Lori's Son

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Staff

Grace Torres

Assistant Program Director

Grace Torres joined the Gillette Climb team in 2014, bringing with her varied business and management experience. Throughout Grace’s life she has always felt passionately about empowering women both in their personal lives and in the workplace. After admiring Climb and its efforts to help single mothers forward their lives, joining the team seemed like a natural fit. Grace lives in Gillette with her family. When she is not chasing her children to numerous sporting events, she enjoys riding her motorcycle and traveling.

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Tomi Barbour

Mental Health Provider

A Campbell County native, Tomi feels connected and invested to the Gillette community. She has previously worked in Veterans Affair's, youth facilities, and community mental health centers. Tomi joined the Climb Wyoming program in August of 2014. She is excited to continue to provide services to local moms. In addition to her work at Climb, Tomi owns a private practice in Gillette.

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Stacie McDonald

Program Director

Stacie is a Wyoming native who has a strong back­ground in the energy industry, having worked in health and safety, public affairs and marketing that assist in her duties as the business liaison at Climb. Stacie has also worked and vol­un­teered in the non-profit sector and was an advisory board member for the Wyoming Women’s Foun­da­tion. Stacie stays busy in her off time traveling with her children to their various sporting activ­i­ties around the region and research­ing almost anything on Google.

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Results

On average, Climb graduates more than double their monthly income, reduce or remove their need for government assistance, and are still in jobs over two years after completing the program.

$2,492

Is the average monthly income after the Climb program. The average before was $1,038.

74%

of participants are employed in higher paying jobs two years after Climb program completion. 46% are employed before participating.

32%

of participants are on food stamps two years after Climb program completion, whereas 52% percent were on food stamps before starting the program.

13%

of participants are on public healthcare two years after Climb program completion, compared to 32% of participants on public healthcare before participating.

Employer Partners

Above The Line CPAs
Campbell County Health – BHS
Campbell County Health – ER
Campbell County Health – Med Surg
Campbell County Health – OB
Campbell County Health Hospice
Campbell County Health Legacy
Campbell County School District – Stocktrail Elementary School
Campbell County Sheriff’s Office
Gillette Optometric Clinic
Personal Frontiers, Inc.
Primrose Retirement Community – Gillette
Priority Property Management
Sharon’s Home Health Care
Wyoming Child and Family Services, Inc.

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