Gassner leaves Job Corps, new director coming inSep 8, 2017 By Daniel Bendtsen, Staff Writer
Wind River Job Corps Center director Julie Gassner will leave her post Monday.
Staff at the local Job Corps was notified of the change Wednesday, and students were told Thursday.
Gassner is leaving to take another position with the Wind River center's parent company, Management and Training Corporation, this month. She will become MTC's director of education and training in Centerville, Utah, working in a new division that's aimed at expanding into new business, including helping unemployed people back into the job market.
She'll be replaced in Riverton by Jim Whitmire, who previously helmed the Denison Job Corps Center in Iowa.
The Denison center was ranked No. 33 out of 124 centers in the United States last year.
Issa Arnita, director of corporate communications for MTC, said that Whitmore was offered the director position two weeks ago, though MTC has been in talks with Gassner for more than two months about leading the new MTC office.
Gassner said Whitmire brings a strong academic background from his time at Iowa's "high performing center." She also described him as an "avid outdoorsman."
Whitmore also bring with him a new deputy director, Tyna Moreschi, who's from the PIVOT Job Corps Center in Portland, Oregon. Moreschi has "a wealth of experience," Gassner said, and has "worked about every department in Jobs Corps."
Both Whitmore and Moreschi were on site in Riverton this week, though Whitmore had previously visited in July.
Whitmore and Moreschi won't be the only new top administrators at the Wind River Job Corps Center, which has experienced significant turnover in recent months.
In June, MTC hired three new managers: residential living manger Jerry Arbaugh, personal career development manager Patty Granlund, and wellness manager Debbie McClure.
McClure and Granlund were both local hires, while Arbaugh was brought in from Arkansas.
Gassner said the new team should help provide long-term leadership.
"I'm excited for what they're going to bring to the center," she said.
Gassner said it was a difficult decision to leave Riverton, and her tenure has "truly been a gift."
"This has been my baby," she said. "My work is not done."
The "dynamic team of instructors" at the campus has "a true passion for their craft," she said, and she's also proud of the "student culture" at the campus.
"They look out for one another. They care for one another. They cheer on the success and they also hold each other accountable," she said.
She said she's grateful for the work from the local community as well, especially from Fremont County Board of Cooperative Educational Services director Sandy Barton and U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi, in getting the center established.
"I hope we leave a legacy that we hope that they're proud of," she said. "We are producing graduates that are getting great jobs and are getting full-time employment."