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NMJC Holds Open House for Halliburton Training Facility

NMJC Holds Open House for Halliburton Training Facility photo 5/25/2007 5:07:56 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. New Mexico Junior College and Halliburton celebrated the official opening of the Halliburton Training Center, located on the NMJC campus, on Thursday, May 24, 2007.

The facility will be used to train new employees to be safe and productive members of the Halliburton team. Transformed from a building once used for agricultural purposes, this facility was expanded to 4,500 sq. ft., housing CDL training, new employee safety training, and self-paced computer training.

According to Sharla Watkins, Southern Region Training & Development Manager for Halliburton, "At Halliburton, we care about our employees, and one of the most important things we can give them is quality training. This facility will allow us to do just that." Although Halliburton has similar training programs in other parts of the country, it is felt that the facility located on the NMJC campus is certainly among the best.

Lisa Hardison, NMJC Dean of Extended Learning and one of the primary individuals responsible for the success of the project, stated, "Today is a perfect depiction of what community colleges do: provide what the community needs. This community has expressed this need, and we are glad to be able to provide ways to meet this need and look forward to meeting future needs."

Securing $375,000 from the State of New Mexico Legislature, along with another $500,000 from the NMJC Board as seed money, NMJC is in the process of developing a world class Oil and Gas Training Center.

This type of excellence in industry-specific training has been achieved through multiple partnerships. Dr. Steve McCleery, President of NMJC explained, "A facility like this cannot be built in approximately two months time period without a great group of visionaries pulling together and creating a synergy, and this is only the beginning."

To explore opportunities for customized training through NMJC, contact Lisa Hardison at 575.492.2641 or

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