Primrose Retirement Communities, LLC has been named one of the top twenty best employers in the Senior Living industry by Lincoln, Nebraska–based healthcare-intelligence firm NRC Health. The award recognizes and ranks senior-care organizations across the country for engaging and inspiring their employees.
“We’re incredibly honored to be recognized with this award,” said BJ Schaefbauer, President of Primrose Retirement Communities, LLC. “We’ve always known that the heart of Primrose is our employees, and this distinction is a testament to the dedication and commitment of our teams throughout the Primrose family.”
“I’m so proud of the work we do together every day,” said Chipper Hill, Executive Director of Primrose of Gillette. “Our entire team here in Gillette is wonderful! Each of us is committed to making this a great place to live and work.”
Only twenty Senior Living organizations earned this prestigious distinction, of which Primrose ranked sixteenth. Winners were selected according to the results from NRC Health’s 2018 Employee Experience Survey. To qualify, organizations must have a high percentage of respondents willing to recommend their locations as places to work, which strongly correlates to employee engagement, organizational loyalty, and job satisfaction.
“In senior living, employee culture makes all the difference,” said Stephanie Kolbo, NRC Health’s Vice President of Business Development. “These organizations have developed working environments that both create and sustain employee engagement, so workers can dedicate themselves wholeheartedly to care. NRC Health commends these organizations for their dedication to their staff.”
Primrose Retirement Communities, LLC, headquartered in Aberdeen, South Dakota, provides high-quality independent living, assisted living, and memory care communities across the country which specialize in personalized services and resident-focused care. The mission of Primrose Retirement Communities is to create happy and healthy living environments for seniors. Since the opening of the first Primrose community in Aberdeen in 1991, Primrose has grown to include 40 locations in 17 states.
2019 CCHS SkillsUSA Team: Rebecca Ash, Bowen Bell, Davis Cathey, Matthew Cathey, Kohltyn Christiaens, Kindal Cunningham, Jacob Decker, Rilee Hauber, Kimmie Huddleston, Taylor Jensen, Chance Knighten, Thomas Koepke, Daniel Koepke, Logan Lampman, Colter Morris-Chasteen, Andi Nivens, and Kayden Winterholler
This year, 17 Camels competed and took home 3 state titles and 10 medals overall for CCHS's SkillsUSA.
To compete at nationals in the SkillsUSA organization, you must be a state champion, so a special congratulations needs to go to Davis Cathey, Colter Morris-Chasteen, and Kimmie Huddleston, as they will be representing Wyoming at the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, June 24-28.
Automotive Service - Davis Cathey
Diesel Equipment Technology - Colter Morris-Chasteen
FirstAid CPR - Kimmie Huddleston
Diesel Equipment Technology - Taylor Jensen
Diesel Equipment Technology Logan Lampman
Intermediate Welding - Logan Lampman
Welding Fabrication - Kayden Winterholler / Davis Cathey / Kohltyn Christiaens
Medical Terminology - Kindal Cunningham
CCHS's teacher sponsors are Brandon Cone and Pete Stocker. If you are interested in joining SkillsUSA next year, please find them in room 121.
The Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported today that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 3.7% in March to 3.6% in April.
Wyoming’s unemployment rate was lower than its April 2018 level of 4.0% and the same as the current U.S. unemployment rate of 3.6%.
Most county unemployment rates followed their normal seasonal pattern and fell from March to April. Warmer spring weather often brings job gains in construction, professional & business services, and other sectors.
Washakie County’s unemployment rate fell from 5.0% to 3.6%, Crook County’s rate fell from 4.2% to 3.1%, and Park County’s rate fell from 4.9% to 3.9%. Teton County’s unemployment rate rose from 2.4% in March to 3.8% in April as the ski season ended.
From April 2018 to April 2019, unemployment rates fell in nearly every county, suggesting a general tightening in the state’s labor market. The largest unemployment rate decreases were seen in Lincoln (down from 4.3% to 3.1%), Fremont (down from 5.1% to 3.9%), Hot Springs (down from 4.0% to 2.9%), Natrona (down from 4.5% to 3.5%), and Converse (down from 3.6% to 2.6%) counties.
The highest unemployment rates in Wyoming were found in Big Horn County at 4.5% and Fremont, Park, and Uinta counties, all at 3.9%. The lowest unemployment rates were reported in Niobrara County at 2.2% and Albany and Converse counties, both at 2.6%.
Total nonfarm employment in Wyoming (not seasonally adjusted and measured by place of work) increased from 279,400 in April 2018 to 283,500 in April 2019, a gain of 4,100 jobs (1.5%).
Research & Planning has scheduled the May employment news release for June 25, 2019.
PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Wyoming Workers’ Compensation Division proposes changes that will affect the Division’s rules, regulations and fee schedule. These proposals include modifications to the Wyoming Workers’ Compensation Rules, Regulations and Fee Schedules;
Wyoming Workers’ Compensation Chapter 9 – Fee Schedules rules were last updated on 5/23/18. The Division updates the fee schedules and the rules each year to adopt the most recent codes published by the American Medical Association (AMA) and Optum 360. Fee schedules are a cost containment strategy as well as ensuring our injured workers can obtain quality health care and our health care providers are reimbursed at a fair rate.
“In my time on the Board of Directors, I hope to keep the Chamber moving in the right direction, promoting local businesses, as well as helping attract new ones. I like to explain to local businesses the benefits of being on the Chamber. The promotion a business receives from mixers, banquet, monthly newsletter and monthly luncheons is very beneficial.
“What I've learned about the Chamber that I didn't know before I started volunteering here, is I now know more about the Convention Center & Visitor's Bureau, as well as Economic Development, and what they both bring to Gillette. ”
“Who wants to work in construction?,” asked Jason Kaufman with S & S Builders, LLC.
None of the students raised their hands.
“Who would like to be a welder?”
Hands started going up. More hands raised when Kaufman talked about mechanics, and working in the mines.
“Those are all jobs in construction,” he said. “We work at the mines all the time.”
Volunteers from the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce’s NEWCA Board of Directors talked to students from Campbell County High School CTE classes on Wednesday, about working in the skilled trades. The day was interactive, with students leading the discussion, and learning from those working in different skilled trades in Campbell County.
One student asked Knecht Home Center of Gillette's Liz Mussell: “How much exactly do you make?”
Gillette Public Access Television will be televising and streaming Campbell County High School Prom Grand March and Thunder Basin High School Prom Grand March on Saturday, May 4th. Campbell County High School Grand March can be seen on cable channel 189 at 6:00 p.m. and Thunder Basin High School Grand March can be seen on cable channel 190 at 7:00 p.m. You can stream them both live at www.gillettewy.gov/gpa.
For more information, contact Gillette Public Access Television at (307) 686-5745.
The federal Economic Development Administration has approved Energy Capital Economic Development's application for a grant to provide part of the funding for the Advanced Carbon Products Innovation Center (ACPIC).
The money will be used to help purchase the land, install infrastructure and build a facility at the Fort Union Industrial Park. This facility will provide a space for organizations to take their existing lab research and commercialize it for new and profitable products made from coal.
ACPIC will provide a space where lab research can be taken from the lab and be proven to be commercially viable. Once the process and products are proven, the next step is a commercial industrial manufacturing plant to make the product. This will provide two important parts of Campbell County's future economic growth.
The Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce and CyberWyoming partnered to win a Microsoft TechSpark Grant and provide local cyber risk advice to area businesses. That grant was awarded on March 7.
The idea for the collaboration formed in October when Patrick Wolfinbarger and Laura Baker, Co-Founders of CyberWyoming, and Dennis Ellis, Microsoft TechSpark Manager, met with Stephanie Meisner-Maggard of the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce to discuss an idea to build Wyoming’s cybersecurity awareness level.
“The Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce is always looking for ways to provide businesses with resources. With the modernization of FE Warren being around the corner, it is vital for businesses to focus their attention on cybersecurity. CyberWyoming’s Made Safe program is a great solution that we have decided to integrate into our Business Accreditation Program,” said Meisner.
The scope of the project is to increase small business cybersecurity advocacy, education, awareness, and adoption of best practices in the Cheyenne community by training a cybersecurity business counselor (CBC) who will assist businesses and reside in the Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce. According to the Cybersecurity Small Businesses by Paulsen in 2016, nearly half of cybercrimes are targeted at small to medium sized businesses. Yet the 2016 CSID/Experian’s Small Business Security Report states that 51% of small businesses are not allocating any budget to cyber risk mitigations, so it is clear that there is a gap between need and adoption of cybersecurity best practices.