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December 8th, 2007
To help train nanotechnology technicians, the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education and Oklahoma State University-Okmulgee created the Oklahoma Nanotechnology Education Initiative.
"We look at it as a way to build a pipeline of trained workers," Hale said.
The initiative received a $598,000 Advanced Technological grant from the National Science Foundation. The money will be used to address two issues to train skilled workers to meet the expected demand for nanotechnology technicians, said Bob Klabenes, president of OSU-Okmulgee.
"First, we have to develop awareness and excitement among middle school and high school students about the enormous career opportunities this field will offer," said Klabenes. "Then, we have to have sophisticated teaching facilities and labs so that students can have hands-on learning experiences with extremely complex equipment."
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