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Idaho National Laboratory

Idaho National Laboratory formalized its partnership with Shoshone-Bannock School District #537, which serves students within the boundaries of the Fort Hall Reservation, to enhance educational and career technical job opportunities for tribal students.

On June 22, representatives from the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and Idaho National Laboratory’s main contractor, Battelle Energy Alliance, signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate and facilitate a career technical education and job placement program for students within the district. Both sides committed to creating workforce pipelines and building a program that leads to employment opportunities after students have completed post-secondary school. The program will also directly create opportunities for scholarships, internships and career pathways for tribal students at Idaho National Laboratory.

Pictured: In the foreground from left to right: Juan Alvarez, Alonzo Sonnip, Becki Ingawanup, Ladd Edmo, John Wagner, Jennifer Jackson and in the background from left to right: Debbie Critchfield, Sunshine Shepherd.

Pictured: In the foreground from left to right: Juan Alvarez, Alonzo Sonnip, Becki Ingawanup, Ladd Edmo, John Wagner, Jennifer Jackson and in the background from left to right: Debbie Critchfield, Sunshine Shepherd.

Specific objectives of the memorandum include the laboratory’s support as the district works to have its junior and senior high school designated by the state of Idaho as a STEM school, including access to Idaho National Laboratory experts as the district develops its STEM curriculum and training. Idaho National Laboratory also will create work-based learning opportunities for tribal students at Idaho National Laboratory, including six-week apprenticeships and on-site internships for 11th- and 12th-grade students. Additionally, the memorandum creates pathways for the district and Idaho National Laboratory to share technology, equipment and working spaces, and facilitates staff exchanges between the groups. The memorandum is intended to signify a long-term collaboration and has no specified end date.

The MOU signing ceremony took place on Tuesday, June 22, in the Shoshone-Bannock Jr./Sr. High School Auditorium. Battelle Energy Alliance was represented at the signing by Laboratory Director John Wagner, Deputy Laboratory Director Juan Alvarez and K-12 Education Program Director Jennifer Jackson. Shoshone-Bannock School District Chairwoman Becki Ingawanup and Superintendent Jonathan Braack represented the school board and the Fort Hall Business Council was represented by Ladd Edmo, Nathan Small and Lee Juan Tyler.

Battelle Energy Alliance surprised the Shoshone-Bannock School District with a $25,000 donation to kickstart and support the implementation of the MOU objectives for purchasing lab equipment and STEM learning materials.

About Idaho National Laboratory

Idaho National Laboratory is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory that performs work in each of DOE’s strategic goal areas: energy, national security, science and environment. Idaho National Laboratory is the nation’s center for nuclear energy research and development. Day-to-day management and operation of the laboratory is the responsibility of Battelle Energy Alliance.

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