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Southwest Center for Environmental Excellence and Opportunity
Year End Report (Final Deliverable) -
The Southwest Center for Environmental Excellence and Opportunity (Southwest CEEO)
has been in existence since October 1996 at Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute's
(TVI) South Valley Campus. The Special Project was comprised of three objectives:
1. Increasing the number of Hispanics in careers related to the environment by
improving education and job training opportunities;
2. Strengthening the infrastructure of Hispanic business. and building their
capacity to participate in environmental clean-up activities and potential
3. Increasing the Hispanic community's understanding of and participation in
environmental protection through improved access to information and
outreach activities, paying attention to cultural and linguistic issues.
The Southwest CEEO has been successful in each of the above objective areas and
continues to provide valuable services to TVI and the community.
The Southwest CEEO has developed a scholarship/mentorship program involving
business and industry, community organizations, and TVI faculty that will be replicated
by other student mentorship programs. The Southwest CEEO has awarded
approximately $50,000 over the two-year program funded by the U.S. Department of
Energy Oakland Operations office. The Southwest CEEO has also developed a K-12
partnership with Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) to enhance environmental education
for students and professional development for teachers. Incorporated into these student
activities are experiential learning opportunities and curriculum development and/or
The Southwest CEEO has worked closely with the TVI Small Business Development
Center (SBDC) to support Hispar ic businesses in technology partnership activities. The
Southwest CEEO in partnership the TVI SBDC has provided a large business forum and
business workshops. In addition, the Southwest CEEO has developed a Technology
Transfer Model that will be expanded in the future to a technology transfer guide to be
used by New Mexico SBDC's.
The Southwest CEEO has been active in the Albuquerque South Valley Community and
Bernalillo County to promote more Hispanic community participation in environmental
issues and education opportunities. The Southwest CEEO has hosted community
environmental forums, workshops, and conferences. The Southwest CEEO is also
participating on the Bernalillo County Environmental Health Department Technology
Deployment Initiative Advisory committee, Hispanic Statement of Cooperation Group,
and the Groundwater Protection and Action Plan (GPAP) Committee.
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