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NNSA Receives Diversity Award
Oct 17, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Efforts to attract a diverse workforce will be recognized tonight when the Hispanic College Fund awards the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) with their "Legacy Award."

"I am honored by this award," said NNSA Principal Deputy Administrator William Ostendorff, who will accept the award on behalf of the agency.  "NNSA's national security mission is driven by the science and engineering talent of our workforce.  Attracting a talented workforce means engaging the community and encouraging young people to serve their country.  This is what we hope to accomplish through our work with the Hispanic College Fund."

According to the Hispanic College Fund, NNSA has provided federal leadership and investment in a diverse workforce by providing time and resources to the Hispanic Youth Symposium and its expansion to New Mexico.  NNSA provided a $200,000 grant to help establish the new branch in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  New Mexico is home to NNSA's Sandia National Laboratories and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

In order to continue to attract individuals with the unique skill sets to help NNSA's missions of maintaining the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile and preventing nuclear terrorism, NNSA has many initiatives to become an employer of choice.  One of these initiatives is its support of the Hispanic Youth Symposium, which is a four day and three night college access program for Hispanic youth.

"We want to encourage students to study science, technology, engineering and math," said Ostendorff.  "The goal of our work with the Hispanic Youth Symposium is to have a long-term pipeline that can feed into our national security workforce of tomorrow."

Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a separately organized agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; works to reduce global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the United States and abroad.

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