Math and science students tour plant and mine at Craig

Plant manager Rick Johnson (left) was joined by John Kirk, son of Ray Kirk, environmental supervisor at the station, for a presentation to high students who visited the plant last week.

On November 2, staff members of Craig Station and the nearby Trapper Mine hosted a program of tours, presentations and question and answer sessions for about 30 visiting high school students and their educators from Grand Junction, as well as group of local students from Moffat County High School.

This second annual tour of these facilities in northwestern Colorado is part of the Grand Junction-based students’ curriculum as enrollees in the John McConnel Math and Science Center of Western Colorado, which is also based in Grand Junction. The center is focused on providing students with first-hand exposure to people working in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

In addition to tours of Craig Station and Trapper Mine, the students attended presentations hosted by Rick Johnson, plant manager and Jim Mattern, president and general manager of the mine. The plant tour was conducted by Ron Gauthier, shift supervisor.

At the Craig Station presentation, John Kirk, son of Ray Kirk, an environmental supervisor at the plant, shared some of his experiences as a member of the Merchant Marines. The recent Moffat County High School graduate is enrolled in the engineering program at the Merchant Marine Academy.

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