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NMJC to Offer Free TEEX Training

11/2/2006 2:06:26 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. Thanks to a generous grant, a number of lucky area employees will soon be enjoying free safety training at New Mexico Junior College.

Dr. Jo Hayes, training director for NMJC's workforce development program, was recently notified that the college has been chosen as the first site selected for 17 free safety training courses offered by Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), which was awarded a Susan Harwood Grant for Oil and Gas training. Each course is valued at $650-$850.

Within the next six weeks, NMJC will offer the first two classes, each of which will accommodate up to 25 students, on a first-come, first-served basis. The first course, scheduled for November 30, will be a 10-hour OSHA General Industry course, including Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) training. The second class, a 30-hour Introduction to Oil and Gas course, will be offered December 12-14. Both classes will be held in the Continuing Education building, Room 113, at New Mexico Junior College.

Other free courses offered under the grant will include Process Safety Management Survival; Environmental Regulation for Oil and Gas Exploration and Production; Hazardous Materials; Hydrogen Sulfide Instructor Development; OSHA Guide to Industrial Hygiene; Fall Arrest Systems; Permit-Required Confined Space Entry; Injury and Illness Recordkeeping; Intro to Accident Investigation; Intro to Machinery and Machine Safeguarding; Into to OSHA for Small Business; Intro to Safety & Health Management; OSHA Standards for General Industry; OSHA's Permit-Required Confined Space Standard; and a Trainer Course in OSHA Standards for General Industry.

According to the grant, "Persons eligible for the free classes include anyone employed in SIC 138, Oil and Gas Field Services, or owners or employees of other businesses served under OSHA or an OSHA state plan who work with the Oil and Gas Field Service Industry. Participants must sign a form stating that they work in the Oil and Gas Field Service Industry before they attend class, and TEEX staff will make every reasonable effort to ensure that participants are employed in the Oil and Gas Fields Service Industry. TEEX will customize class materials as necessary for state plan states, including New Mexico."

A TEEX certificate of completion and wallet card will be presented contingent upon completion of each course and a passing score on the final examination.

TEEX, a member of The Texas A & M University System, provides a wide range of programs designed to enhance public safety, security, and economic growth through training, technical assistance, and emergency response. In 2005, TEEX trained more than 176,000 individuals from all 50 states, five U.S. territories, the District of Columbia, and 50 countries through more than 6,500 classes conducted across the nation and around the world.

According to Hayes, this is just the tip of the iceberg for such training. "NMJC has been approached numerous times recently about providing this type of training, and we're delighted to be able to do so, thanks to this grant. However, this is only one of many training opportunities NMJC is currently providing, and when construction is completed on the College's new Training and Outreach facility next year, we'll be expanding our training partnerships with local providers as well as bringing nationally recognized trainers to Lea County."

For more information or to register for the free TEEX safety training, please contact Connie Gray with the Office of Continuing Education at 575.492.2644, or at cgray@nmjc.edu.

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