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CWC graduate finds his niche in computer technology, IHS

Nov 11, 2016 - From staff reports

After graduating from Central Wyoming College, Fort Washakie native Grant St. Clair is taking his computer science skills to work in the information technology department at Indian Health Services in his hometown.

St. Clair was born in 1994 to the late Leland "Lib" St. Clair and Ruby McGill St. Clair.

After earning a certificate from CWC in computer technology in May 2015, St. Clair decided to continue his education to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in computer technology. He graduate the following May and was named the Native American Scholar for the 2015-16 academic year.

St. Clair said he credits computer technology instructor Matt Herr for supporting him while he attended CWC, but computer technology wasn't St. Clair's first choice; he began his academic career in 2012 as a music major with a goal to someday write music for television and radio shows.

He said an assessment test he took through student support services made him think of a new degree path.

"He scored really high on information processing, which is how students use imagery, organizational strategies and reasoning skills to build bridges on what they know and what they learn in class," student support services counselor Lisa Appelhans said. "Computer technology is a good fit for him, and he will have a successful career."

During his time at CWC, St. Clair could often be found in Herr's computer lab working on computers and helping students with any issues they had on their computers.

"He was a really good student and was always there to help," student support services education coordinator Paula Hartbank said. "He kind of found himself here at CWC and found a perfect fit for his future."

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