Through the HMIS scholarship program, $29,000 was awarded to dependents of HMIS employees and co-op interns. A partnership with Washington State University Tri-Cities resulted in $2,500 scholarships for ten WSU Tri-Cities students pursuing degrees in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines for the 2022-23 academic year.
HMIS also partnered with Columbia Basin College (CBC) to support its Pathways to Hanford (P2H) program, which assists students exploring career choices at Hanford, while also gaining insights into company values, internship programs, and desired skills. HMIS donated more than $22,000 to help CBC provide critical assistance to students in the P2H program to keep them on the path to educational success. “This partnership will continue building a pipeline of qualified Hanford workers for the future,” shared Elie Hernandez, director of CBC’s Pathways to Hanford program.
HMIS also proudly supported The STEM Foundation through a $20,000 donation to bolster expansion of its STEM Like ME!℠ educational programs in Tri-Cities area middle schools and high schools. This donation will support hands-on opportunities for students to learn more about STEM-focused careers, as well as the STEM Like ME!℠ Grants for Teachers program, providing local teachers with mini-grants to encourage STEM-related programming in their classrooms.
Developing an educated and highly-trained workforce is essential to completing the Hanford mission, and HMIS is committed to making a lasting impact in our community.