In September, I had the opportunity to visit students and faculty of the College of Business & Technology at Northeastern State University (NSU) in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. The purpose of the visit was to announce and deliver a new annual scholarship sponsored by Clean Line Energy. The $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to a full-time Environmental Health and Safety senior who has demonstrated an interest in renewable energy and preservation of American Indian Tribal culture.
Mario Hurtado, Trish Williams and Jason Thomas of Clean Line Energy with representatives at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK.
Clean Line is committed to increasing opportunities in education in the communities where we will operate. We hope that our partnership with NSU will further this objective. This is the fourth time that Clean Line has participated in offering a scholarship program to a college in this region. The faculty and students of NSU provided warm hospitality at both the main campus in Tahlequah, the capital of the Cherokee Nation, and in Broken Arrow, near Tulsa.
I was honored to meet the student members of the American Society of Safety Engineers and Safety and Environmental Management Association to discuss employment and other opportunities in the renewable energy industry. Despite the early meeting, the students were engaged and asked perceptive questions. It was great to see that these students are receiving an excellent and practical education. Afterward, we met with faculty and several department chairs to discuss trends in technology, renewable energy, and infrastructure. I was very impressed with the faculty members’ dedication to providing degree programs and learning opportunities that are responsive to business’ needs for an educated, prepared, and savvy workforce.
The Environmental, Health & Safety Management degree program offered at NSU provides an education in topics that will be incredibly valuable to future safety and environmental professionals. Clean Line is pleased to support this program at NSU as they chart their second century.