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Learn more about Wyoming Connections Academy

Established in July 2009, Wyoming Connections Academy (WYCA)* is a tuition-free, K–12 online public school that students attend from home. WYCA brings a fully accredited public education directly to your family’s door—anywhere in Wyoming.

Authorized by Big Horn County School District #1

WYCA is authorized under state law as a distance learning program of Big Horn County School District #1 and operates under the Wyoming Switchboard Network. The district representative for this school is Shon Hocker, The school is operated through a contract with Connections Academy, LLC, to provide its educational program and other services.

Staff, community, curriculum

With a caring staff, an outstanding curriculum, and a vibrant school community, WYCA is a leading online school in Wyoming.

Meet Our Principal, Ben Kolb

Principal Ben Kolb portraitBen Kolb is a veteran educator with 18 years of experience teaching middle and high school science and as many years serving as high school principal. Having successfully launched a Connections Academy school in Missouri and expanded the Oregon Connections Academy, he’s excited about reaching students in every corner of Wyoming through online education. “Regardless of where you live, WYCA can bring the quality education directly to your door. Online education gives families the freedom to live where they choose, as they choose, knowing their children still have the best available education.”

Mr. Kolb holds a BA degree in Geology from San Jose State University. A native Californian and an avid cyclist, he enjoys exploring Wyoming’s beauty at every opportunity—on cycling adventures, on our student field trips, and at community events.

Administration and Staff

Principal Ben Kolb leads a dedicated staff that includes:

Our staff can be reached by phone or e-mail.


WYCA isn’t simply a Wyoming virtual school. It’s a supportive community of:


The WYCA curriculum is designed by national education experts and customized to meet state standards. Bringing together the best in print and online resources with Connections Academy proprietary instructional tools, the WYCA curriculum is designed to engage students of every level, at every level. Our goal is simple: To ensure that all students have the resources to succeed.

Employment Opportunities

Check out current Connections Academy employment opportunities.


*The school was established in July 2009, as Jackson Hole Connections Academy. In 2011, the school name changed to Wyoming Connections Academy and is now authorized by Big Horn County School District #1.