The Wyoming Refinery Safety Alliance (WRSA) which was formed in August of 2012, saw the need to find a mechanism to train “new hires” for entry level positions at the 6 Wyoming refineries and 1 chemical plant. One refinery contracted with Western Wyoming College in Rock Springs to offer a two week course to update current employees. WRSA then began to talk to community colleges and the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services to determine if they and WRSA could design a beginning course teaching basic requirements to meet hiring criteria for the Wyoming refineries or chemical manufacturing plant. In addition to general process operations, the curriculum would provide instruction of safety procedures such as lock out/tag out procedures, confined space protection, fall protection. Students will earn students 17 college credits and a Certificate of Completion. WRSA projects the industry will produce 160 new entry level openings within the next few years, therefore upon completion of the training, each business partner has agreed to provide guaranteed interviews to successful and selected students in conjunction with their hiring demands. Based on the success of this program and the evaluation of future demand, it is anticipated that participating colleges may apply for permanent status and the addition of an Associates of Applied Science degree Spring 2014 or as determined by industry.
The development of a curriculum of study providing a qualified pool of potential new hires who possess the prerequisite knowledge to work safely in Wyoming refineries, chemical plants and other industries using process technology.
Department of Workforce Services and Wyoming Refinery Safety Alliance