Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Delivering science and technology to protect our nation and promote world stability

A year of partnerships

The Laboratory and its employees worked with groups across the region in 2019
December 19, 2019
The Julia Robinson Math Festival that took place in May was a great example of partnerships in action. Organized by STEM Santa Fe in partnership with the Laboratory and Northern New Mexico College, the event introduced  92 students from Carlos F. Vigil Middle School in Española to challenging and fun math activities to boost their confidence and comfort with math.

The Julia Robinson Math Festival that took place in May was a great example of partnerships in action. Organized by STEM Santa Fe in partnership with the Laboratory and Northern New Mexico College, the event introduced 92 students from Carlos F. Vigil Middle School in Española to challenging and fun math activities to boost their confidence and comfort with math.

Contacts  

  • Director, Community Partnerships Office
  • Kathy Keith
  • Email

Kathy.jpgAs the year draws to a close and we look forward to spending the holidays with friends and family, it’s also a good time to look back on high points of 2019.

For Los Alamos National Laboratory, it’s been an exciting twelve months of new collaborations and initiatives.

The theme of working together across the region came up often in the recent REDI (Regional Economic Development Initiative) Summit, and the success of the Governor’s STEM Challenge this month was down to great collaboration between state bodies, schools and employers. Partnerships like this are at the heart of how we see the role of the Laboratory in the community.

We’ve had good relationships with organizations across Northern New Mexico for many years, but this year we’ve seen long-standing relationships deepen, and new ones spring up, and we’re proud to play our part in coming together to improve the quality of life for people in our community.

Highlights of the Lab’s involvement in economic and workforce development this year include the launch of a two-year associate degree in Radiation Protection at Northern New Mexico College that provides training for high demand career opportunities at the Laboratory for people from the region. The first cohort of 40 students started their studies in the fall of 2019.

In education, the Summer Physics Camp for Young Women provided a two-week intensive free program for high-school girls to gain an insight into life as a scientist, while 116 Northern New Mexico students received scholarships worth $773,000 through the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund.

In support for nonprofits, the Employee Giving campaign saw employees donate $2.55 million nonprofits, almost 90% of that going to nonprofits in New Mexico. Over 900 Holiday gifts went to members of the community in need, and Lab employees donated food equating to 14,000 meals for those facing food insecurity in Northern New Mexico.

The Laboratory’s efforts are supported and enhanced by the $2.5 million investment by the Laboratory’s management and operations contractor Triad, LLC, which included $800,000 for education, $500,000 for economic diversity, and $150,000 to address substance abuse issues in Northern New Mexico.

All our work in economic and workforce development, STEM education and philanthropy depends on partnerships with nonprofits, businesses, education institutions and government bodies. We wish everyone a peaceful holiday period, and we look forward to working closely together with partners old and new across the community in 2020!

—Kathy Keith
Director, Community Partnerships Office at Los Alamos National Laboratory