The first two days of our Clean Coal Mobile Classroom tour of Arkansas included visits to two college campuses. Our first stop on Wednesday took us to the campus of Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia.
Professors and teachers, college students, and even high school students came by to learn about the history and latest developments in advanced coal technology. Southern Arkansas University Chemistry Professor Tim Schroeder stopped by to talk about carbon capture and storage projects, and AP science students from Emerson High School came over to learn more about IGCC technologies.
I had a chance to talk with Dr. David Rankin, President of Southern Arkansas University, about the importance of educating Arkansans about coal and the new Natural Resource Research Center the university just built:
Yesterday, we visited the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope (UACCH), where more than sixty future employees of the SWEPCO’s Turk power plant came through the classroom throughout the course of the day. We also welcomed Venita McCellon-Allen and Mike Young, President/COO and Regional Communications Director, respectively, of SWEPCO.
SWEPCO runs a scholarship program at UACCH, and many recent graduates of the program came by to check out the clean coal technology infographics on our iPads.
Check back with us next week as the mobile classroom continues its tour through the Natural State.