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UW Programs Mark Wyoming Educational Access Day

February 25, 2015
three women and one man standing in a row
Representatives of UW’s Educational Opportunity Center and related programs recently visited the State Capitol for Wyoming Educational Access Day. From left are Heather Webb Springer, EOC coordinator in Cheyenne; Daniel Uptain, EOC participant studying at Casper College; Katherine Greenwell, EOC participant from Cheyenne; and Melissa Valtierra, EOC coordinator in Rawlins. (UW Photo)

The University of Wyoming’s Office of Student Educational Opportunity TRiO and GEAR UP programs celebrated Wyoming Educational Access Day 2015 in Cheyenne, along with other access programs hosted by Wyoming colleges statewide.

The federally funded TRiO and GEAR UP programs are designed to increase preparation for, access to and completion of college among low-income high school students and adults in Wyoming.

Two participants from UW’s Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) TRiO program, Daniel Uptain of Casper and Katherine Greenwell of Cheyenne, were part of a larger group of students who met with representatives of Wyoming’s congressional delegation and spoke with Gov. Matt Mead before he signed a proclamation designating Feb. 12 as Wyoming Educational Access Day.

Uptain first began taking advantage of EOC’s educational access services while incarcerated at the Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution in Torrington. He will graduate from Casper College in May before transferring to UW-Casper beginning fall 2015. Uptain shared with the governor the story of how EOC has helped Uptain achieve his educational goals since his release last year.

Greenwell will graduate from Cheyenne Central High School in May. She is a homeless student and has been working with the EOC program to complete high school and apply for college scholarships and federal financial aid. UW has accepted her for enrollment in fall 2015.

UW’s EOC educational access programs have staff members and offices located across Wyoming. For more information, visit

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