CWC offers middle schoolers a sneak peak at career options

JACKSON, Wyo. — It takes a lot of planning to shuffle 130 middle school students to four different classes in just one hour.

But that’s just what Central Wyoming College Jackson pulled off last Friday, January 17. Students from Jackson Hole Middle School took a field trip to CWC Jackson’s campus at Center for the Arts. Kids split up into small groups and had just 15 minutes in different CWC classrooms to get a taste of the college’s many offerings.

The first taste: chocolate chip cookie “dough” hummus courtesy of the CWC Culinary department. Students got the chance to help create a snack that is as healthy as it is delicious. The blended combination of chocolate chips, oats, and chickpeas (among other things) tastes just like cookie dough, but without the health risks with extra protein and fiber.

“The culinary program teaches all sorts of really cool things,” CWC Executive Director Susan Durfee announced to the class. Even if you don’t want to be a cook, she said, culinary students go on to run businesses like hotels and restaurants.

Cookie “dough” hummus is both healthy and delicious, and each student took home a recipe so they could make it themselves. Photo: Buckrail // Nick Sulzer

Students were especially excited about the nursing room. Each armed with a stethoscope, students got to listen to healthy and unhealthy hearts, lungs, and stomachs on test dummies and get an idea of what goes on “inside our bodies.”

“It’s so important to get students at a young age into a college environment so they get the opportunity to get excited about the opportunities education can provide,” said CWC President Dr. Brad Tyndall. “It can have an incredible influence on their future plans.”

Other sessions included criminal justice, leadership, and science, about which one student professed as he was getting ready to leave: “Science is sick!” (He meant it in a good way.)

“This way they can imagine what it’s like to work in these fields,” Durfee said.

In the leadership seminar, students were reminded that they already had all the tools they needed to be a leader. Each student was asked to pick a word that represented a core value. Then, they were asked to consider how they could reflect that value in their everyday lives.

“That is leadership,” the professor said. “It’s deciding who you want to be. That’s kind of your superpower.”

Dr. Tyndall shadowed a group of students and lit up during the leadership class. He left students with a final thought to hold onto as they left the classroom:

“You can make a difference in the world,” he said.

CWC President Brad Tyndall greets students. Photo: Buckrail // Nick Sulzer
Photo: Buckrail // Nick Sulzer
Photo: Buckrail // Nick Sulzer
"You can make a difference in the world." Photo: Buckrail // Nick Sulzer

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