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For February 2, 2009

Jeanne O’Brien 
Office: 307.335.2236     
Mobile: 307.349.0595

National Outdoor Leadership School Trains the Wyoming Workforce Services

Lander, Wyo. – The National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) spent two days with the staff from Wyoming Workforce Services to teach them leadership and teamwork skills. NOLS custom courses focus on helping organizations or teams reach their full potential. They spent a portion of their time with the NOLS executive director team to learn more about why people work at the school since NOLS was named one of Outside magazine’s “Best Places to Work” in 2008.

“In the fall of 2008, participants within our agency’s Leadership Academy participated in a course provided by NOLS Professional Development. The efficient and well-planned delivery of [the NOLS] program provided our participants with a strong foundation of team building skills,” said Christopher Chai, Organizational Development Coordinator. “I would highly recommend this tailored course to other organizations looking to develop their leaders.”

“We were excited to work with Wyoming Workforce Services because our missions overlap,” said Rick Rochelle, director of NOLS Professional Training. “Their mission is to link human and economic development for Wyoming's future. Our mission is to be the leading source and teacher of wilderness skills and leadership that serves people and the environment. We share their passion for developing leadership potential and jumped at the chance to support their managers' leadership development."

About NOLS

Founded in 1965 by legendary mountaineer Paul Petzoldt, the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) is the leader in wilderness education and sets the industry standard for responsible, high-quality educational expeditions. NOLS provides an awe-inspiring, transformative experience that develops active, positive leaders with lifelong environmental ethics and outdoor skills to more than 10,000 students each year. A private nonprofit school, NOLS runs courses from 10 days to a full academic year in length on five continents. NOLS students, ages 14 to over 70, explore the most remote wilderness the Rocky Mountains, Idaho, Pacific Northwest, Southwest, Alaska, Western Canada, Mexico, Patagonia (Chile), India, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Baffin Island, and Scandinavia have to offer. College credit and scholarships are available. For more information, call NOLS at (800) 710-NOLS (6657) or visit the web site at

About Wyoming Workforce

The Department of Workforce Services is Wyoming's newest State Agency. The Agency is focused on delivering comprehensive and effective services that build a workforce to meet the changing demands of Wyoming's diverse businesses, citizens and economy—hence, the Agency's mission—linking human and economic development for Wyoming's future.


The National Outdoor Leadership School International Headquarters in Lander, Wyoming.
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