NMJC Enjoys Visit from Nuclear Energy Leaders

URENCO Meeting photo
From left to right: Lisa Hardison, Remco van Ham, Bert Leurink, President Steve McCleery, Dr. Jo Hayes

May 1, 2006 — Hobbs, NM. Two officials from Urenco, Ltd., a leading global service and technology provider to the nuclear generation industry, enjoyed a tour of New Mexico Junior College on Friday, April 28.

Kim Smith, Human Resources Consultant for Enrichment Technology Company, arranged the visit for Remco van Ham, International Human Resource Director, and Bert Luerink, a project manager, both of The Netherlands, with key personnel at the college in order to coordinate efforts for developing economic training for the upcoming National Enrichment Facility (NEF) project.

The two met with Dr. Steve McCleery, NMJC president; Lisa Hardison, Dean of Extended Learning; Dr. Jo Hayes, Director of Training; and Michael Rutledge, Distance Learning Technical Coordinator, to discuss a partnership-training program in which NMJC will assist with the highly specialized workforce training needs for NEF.

Construction of the NEF is scheduled to begin this fall five miles east of Eunice, New Mexico, with an anticipated completion date of January 2008. The NEF is a proposed gas centrifuge uranium enrichment facility that will enable the U.S. to have a domestic source of enriched uranium for the country’s commercial nuclear power plants.

The NEF will provide hundreds of jobs in southeastern New Mexico using a proven technology that has been operating safely in Europe for more than 30 years.

Plans for NMJC to provide training for the NEF workforce are critical to the facility’s overall success. According to Dr. John Gratton, NMJC Vice President for Instruction, the college is ready. “We’re looking forward to partnering with NEF to develop training for their workforce. I know that our new proposed training center here at NMJC is an invaluable piece of the project, and our commitment is to provide a quality facility that will benefit not only the NEF but also the entire region.”

For more information on the National Enrichment Facility project, please contact the NEF Community Outreach Coordinator Dana Starr, at (575) 393-9494.

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