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Hanford lecture series seeks to spark students' interest for future careers

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RICHLAND, WA - A new lecture series at WSU Tri-Cities aims to get students interested in careers in and around the Hanford Site.

The Department of Energy is putting on the series in an effort to connect the past, present, and future of the Hanford Site to interested students.

For DOE and WSU Tri-Cities, connecting Hanford's past to its present and future for better understanding is crucial in order to increase student interest in working at the site.

Today's lecture is all about the history of the Hanford Site.

Today's moderator told reporter Rex Carlin that she hopes increasing students' understanding of what all happened at the site over the years will increase interest and curiosity for the students as they pursue their career choices.

"The Hanford of tomorrow, that's going to be the big one that brings us to completion," said Carrie Meyer with the Department of Energy. "That's the one where we really need the best and the brightest to help us carry it all the way through to the end. And we need them to get invested in that now. If they wait until they're done with college, it may be too late."

Other WSU campuses streamed into the conference as well, extending DOE's reach as it looks toward the future at the Hanford Site.

As of now, they don't have set dates and times for the rest of the series, which is supposed to be spread across several months and into the summer.