RCBI’s Apprenticeship Works assists Observatory in developing talent pipeline

RCBI apprentice, and now Green Bank Observatory employee, Priscilla Grimes, is shown welding in the machine shop. Image credit: Full Kilt Pursuits

The National Science Foundation’s Green Bank Observatory has teamed with the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) at Marshall University to develop the skilled workforce it needs to maintain operations of its numerous radio telescopes and other instruments, observing the universe to unlock the mysteries of outer space.

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Green Bank Observatory educator to become international astronomy ambassador

Luci Fincuan, center, shown giving a tour of the Green Bank Telescope preCOVID-19.

Green Bank Observatory Science Center educator, Luci Finucan, is one of a few international ambassadors accepted into an elite STEM education program. The Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program (ACEAP) brings educators of all types, from formal and informal teachers to amateur astronomers together to learn more about US astronomy facilities in Chile, and share that knowledge with others. Normally a field experience in Chile, under COVID-19 safety precautions for 2020, most training will be virtual.

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