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RRCC’s Joan Smith Honored in Denver Business Journal’s 2017 Top Women in Energy

Lakewood, CO – The Denver Business Journal recently announced its list of the 40 Top Women in Energy, recognizing women who are key influencers in metro Denver’s energy sector. This year Joan Smith, Executive Director of RRCC’s Rocky Mountain Education Center (RMEC), is among the honorees and will be recognized in the April 14 issue of the Denver Business Journal and at a VIP reception on April 19 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel Pinnacle Room.

Joan Smith

Joan Smith

Smith has been instrumental in launching energy programs during her more than 25-year career at the college. Her many contributions include writing and managing start up grants for process technology, renewable energy, wind energy, and the OSHA 5810 Hazard Recognition for Oil and Gas workers.

Joan has been successful in convening industry leaders from the energy sector to guide the development of the energy programs at Red Rocks Community College. The Renewable Energy Program was recognized by then Governor Bill Ritter in 2009 as a recipient of the Excellence in Renewable Energy Award. In 2013 the OSHA 5810 became the first OSHA authorized training program for oil and gas workers in the nation. Smith worked closely with industry and the OSHA Region VIII Office to have this program authorized by the Department of Labor OSHA. The curriculum developed by Smith and the industry team she led is now taught across the country in more than 42 US DOL authorized OSHA Education Centers.

Smith has also developed relationships between Red Rocks Community College and several international partners, including the countries of Jordan and Saudi Arabia. She worked with students, universities, and employers in Jordan to create the first Solar Energy Technician and Occupational Safety and Health Associates Degree programs through the Al Baqa Applied University, and has worked with a training partner in Saudi Arabia to open the Institute for Workforce Education in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with headquarters in Dammam.

About Red Rocks Community College

Established in 1969, Red Rocks Community College delivers high-quality, affordable education programs leading to two-year degrees or professional certificates. The college serves over 10,000 students per year online and at two campus locations in Lakewood and Arvada. www.rrcc.edu.

About Rocky Mountain Education Center

As an authorized OSHA Region VIII Training Center, RMEC specializes in occupational safety, health, and environmental training enabling employers to meet local and national training compliance. Customized training is provided at our Lakewood campus or at clients’ locations. RMEC international partners include the Consolidated Contractors Company and the Al Baqa Applied University System in Amman, Jordan and the Institute for Workforce Education in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.