Voices In the Field

“Voices in the Field” is a project led and founded by Whiting High School (Albany County School District #1) Principal Malinda Garcia. Malinda started the project during her time as a teacher up at Wind River High school and has led it since 2020 with support from the Wyoming School-University Partnership.

In 2024 Voices was held in two separate locations this year and helped cater post-secondary programming to more than 450 high school and middle school students.
Big Horn County School District #1:
Sally Bernhisel, Career Coordinator with Big Horn County School District #1 worked closely with Malinda, HAP, and the Partnership to bring the Voices programming up to Burlington High School on March 12, 2024. There were 277 students from Burlington, Meeteetse, Rocky Mountain, and Ten Sleep in attendance.
Albany County School District #1: 
Malinda Garcia, Voices founder and Whiting High School Principal with Albany County School District #1 coordinated with HAP, the Partnership, and Rock River Principal, Stacie Anfinson to bring Voices to Rock River High School on March 28, 2024. There were 180 students from Rock River High School, Whiting High School, and Laramie High School in attendance.

Historical Model and Programming:
During October in each academic year, the seniors in the capstone meet with professionals in various fields to learn about what education and skills are needed. In this way, there is a focus on professional leadership and personal development that is a key distinction between “Voices in the Field” and many job fairs. The professionals are lending their voices and the students are an audience willing to ask the needed questions to gain deep insight. Some of the professionals present include community college personnel, professors (agriculture, health, humanities, engineering, etc.), vocational occupations, and workers in various community and government roles.  
During April in each academic year, the seniors visit the University of Wyoming campus for a few days to present their research and to undergo tours around the WyoTech and UW campuses. At this time, professors are invited to be present and ask questions for the students. In addition, the students learn about resources on campus including the Native American Education, Research, and Cultural Center, the UW Planetarium, UW Geology Museum, and informational sessions around financial aid and scholarships.

Projects such as these are key to developing the necessary skills for our Wyoming students and it is of great benefit that we have teachers leading this front.
Interested In Bringing Voices to your District?
If you are interested in assisting as a professional mentor or learning more about how to partner, please contact Malinda Garcia at mgarcia@acsd1.org.
If you are interested in learning how WSUP can work with you to enhance your projects with students or how the Partnership can help support you, please contact partnership@uwyo.edu.
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McWhinnie Hall, Room 213

Dept. 3374, 1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-3274

Email: partnership@uwyo.edu

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