- Associated Press - Monday, January 20, 2014

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded New Mexico Junior College to a $2.5 million grant to offer more oilfield training to the underemployed.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports (https://bit.ly/19NMSEn ) the funding will be made available later this year. New Mexico Junior College is the only college in the state to receive such a grant.

The college’s director of institutional effectiveness, Larry Sanderson, says the award is huge for the campus. The goal is to serve unemployed and underemployed workers by providing relevant training as determined by the needs of the region’s energy industry.

The college already offers a variety of oilfield-related courses including commercial driving test prepping and safety training.

The college is also developing a mock jobsite that will allow students to focus on oil and gas technology.

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Information from: Hobbs News-Sun, https://www.hobbsnews.com

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