The mission of the Oyster Ridge BOCES is to serve the higher education needs of the community through education and skill set training. The BOCES provides services and opportunities for continuing education and enrichment.
What we do
The Oyster Ridge BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services) is dedicated to providing the community with services and opportunities for continuing education and enrichment in the following areas: vocational, technical and professional education, broadly based education in the Arts, Sciences and Humanities for degree seeking and non-degree seeking students, personal growth, recreation and leisure, along with mental and physical fitness.
Oyster Ridge BOCES / Western Kemmerer Outreach
We are a Board of Cooperative Higher Educational Services, a legal entity made possible through an agreement between Western Wyoming Community College and Lincoln County School District #1. BOCES were created by the legislature to create partnerships between school districts and their nearest community college to provide educational services that were not specifically being provided by either of them. Some BOCES provide special education services; some focus exclusively on adult basic education and some focus only on providing college-level classes in a community that does not host a college.
Our BOCES is designed to provide the high school and adult levels, adult basic education, online college-level classes and to fill any other educational niche that we can fill more effectively than either Western or LCSD #1 alone. While we are our own legal entity, we work closely with both LCSD #1 and Western to ensure that our educational programs provide a seamless transition from high school to college and allow for people who have been out of school for a while to smoothly transition back into educational or training programs.