Sheridan and Gillette College’s Employment & Training for Self-Sufficiency (ETSS) Program is a grant from the State of Wyoming that assists low-income technical career students who are parents.

ETSS provides participants with financial support, advising, job seeking skills, life skills workshops and the education and training they need to become economically self-sufficient in their chosen career.  Emphasis is placed on those career choices that pay above poverty level wages and lead to financial independence.

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ETSS offers financial assistance and support services to Sheridan and Gillette Colleges for Technical Career Students*various criteria applies


  1. Sheridan College student working toward a certificate or degree in one of the following programs: Nursing*, Dental Hygiene*, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Hospitality Management, Computer Information Systems, Computer Networking Administration, Computer Web Design, Cyber Security, Construction Technology, Environmental Engineering, Computer Aided Design, Drafting CCD, General Technology, Diesel Technology, Machine Tool Technology, Surveying Technology, or Welding Technology.  Gillette College student working toward a certificate or degree in one of the following programs: Nursing*, Criminal Justice, Cyber Security, General Technology, Diesel Technology, Welding Technology, Mining Technology, Industrial Electricity, Electric Apprentice (3rd and 4th year only). * Note: Pre-Nursing and Pre-Dental Hygiene Students are not eligible for the ETSS Grant.
  2. Student is a Wyoming resident who has lived in the state 45 days or longer and has a Wyoming address.
  3. Student is a United States citizen.
  4. Student is a custodial or non-custodial parenting adult.
  5. Student has family gross income less than 185% of the Federal Poverty Level according to number of family members and based on previous month’s income.
  6. Student must produce income after training that is higher than income before training (at least 220% of Federal Poverty Level).
  7. Student must enter the same industry as that for which student has received training.
  8. Student must agree to meet with case manager or college counselor as needed to meet ETSS program requirements.
  9. Student must agree to complete and return follow-up surveys and notify the case manager when he/she accepts a position of employment, providing information regarding employment such as date and place of employment, wage, etc.
  10. Student must maintain current contact information with the college records department until employed.
  11. Students entering programs requiring background checks and/or drug screens must complete these prior to applying for funding.

For more Information or to see if you qualify for ETSS, please contact ETSS Program  Manager, John Sutton (jsutton@sheridan.edu) 307-674-6446 ext. 2833..


This program is funded by TANF Funds through the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services.  As such, they and the Northern Wyoming Community College District (dba Sheridan College) do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political affiliation, or disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its educational programs or activities. Inquiries concerning Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, and Section 504, and the Americans with Disabilities Act may be referred to NWCCD’s Human Rights Officer: Cheryl Heath, VP & CFO (307) 674-6446.  Inquiries may also be made to the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 Speer Boulevard, Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204, (303) 844-3417 or Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 East 17th Avenue, Suite 510, Denver, CO 80203. This publication will be provided in an alternative format upon request.