Casper, WY's McMurry Training Center Produces Quality Workforce

Dependable, well-trained workers are key to the success of Wyoming's varied industrial base, and the McMurry Training Center continues to meet and anticipate those needs.

By
Marc Acton
On Sunday, September 11, 2011 - 18:55

Dependable, well-trained workers are key to the success of Wyoming’s economic development, and the McMurry Training Center continues to meet — and anticipate — those needs.

McMurray Training Center in Casper, WY

The center, operated by the Wyoming Contractors Association, provides short-term training programs that prepare students for careers in the construction, energy and transportation fields.

Its customized programs allow for short but comprehensive training periods that give hands-on experience. The center works with industries throughout the state to place graduates and to customize and create training modules to meet specific needs, says Bruce Brown, general manager.

“Right now we’re doing a lot of commercial driver’s license training and heavy equipment operator training,” Brown says. “A lot of our oil and gas programs have dropped off some, so we’re partnering with some companies for these other programs until we need to go back to the others.”

Services Offered to Clients

The center provides recruitment, screening, training and placement for a business or industry, trainers and facilities for clients that have their own programs in place. The center also and leases its facilities to clients that have their own training staff and curriculum.

Having that flexibility makes the center nimble, something its industry partners appreciate in boom times and when things are slow.

Strong working relationships with clients continues to be key.

“We have really good partnerships with our industries, and we know that we can’t be all things to everybody,” Brown says. “But by taking things on a case-by-case basis, we’ve been able to be very successful with a lot of companies.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Marc Acton is a magazine writer out of Nashville, Tenn., who’s written for Journal Communications since 2013, flown helicopters for the Army since 2005, and played central midfield for his soccer t