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Climbing the ladder

Wyoming Business Report
By Elizabeth Sampson 
Nov 25, 2019

Life has not always been easy for Laramie’s Marissa Gannon. At one point in her life, she spent her hours working at a fast-food job and worrying about coming home to an eviction notice – all while caring for her two small children as a single mom.

After 11 years in the fast-food industry, she decided to stay home to spend more time with her children, but she quickly decided she needed to get back into the workforce. Unfortunately, no one was hiring.

That’s when she saw an advertisement for Climb Wyoming – an organization that offers job training and placement to low-income single mothers – and the rest is history.

Now she works as an office assistant at the University of Wyoming in the molecular biology department, where she was recognized as the outstanding staff member for the College of Agriculture in 2017. She paved her path from fear to success with hard work and the skills she learned through Climb.

Gannon is one of more than 2,000 Wyoming women who have worked their way out of poverty through the ladder of Climb since 1986. Employers across the state are reaping the benefits of hiring Climb graduates, who have received job training, as well as coaching in communication, conflict resolution, time management, parenting, budgeting and professional behavior.

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