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NMJC Awarded NRC Grant

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Dr. Steve McCleery, Jeff McCool, Robert Rhodes

10/14/2008 8:53:01 a.m. - Hobbs, NM. The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has recently awarded a Nuclear Education Grant to New Mexico Junior College. NMJC, along with 18 other educational institutions, received the grant as part of the NRC's effort to boost nuclear education and expand the workforce for nuclear energy.

NMJC began offering courses relating to the nuclear energy field in the fall of 2008. The NRC grant will help the continued development of training curriculum and training programs for individuals entering or working in the nuclear industry. Starting in the spring semester of 2009, NMJC will offer a degree in the field: the Energy Technology Associate in Applied Science degree.

"This grant helps us to continue to provide service for a new industry that is growing rapidly in our area," said NMJC President Steve McCleery. "Such excellent funding is like a B-12 booster shot for the new degree program. What a great thing to be able to offer the community."

"Our mission as a community college is to promote success through learning to everyone, but particularly to our community," said Vice President for Training and Outreach Robert Rhodes. "The grant lets us continue to meet our mission with respect to workforce training."

For more information about the grant, please contact Rhodes at (575) 492-4708, or for more information about the Energy Technology degree program, please contact NRC Curriculum Developer Michael Abitz at (575) 492-4714.

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