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Parks touts plans in podcast

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A Community Connections podcast episode that features the new CEO of the LANL Foundation, Jenny Parks, has just been released by the Los Alamos National Laboratory Community Programs Office.
In the podcast, Parks discusses her diverse professional background and the Foundation’s plans for the future with Carole Rutten, deputy director of community programs.
Parks joined the Foundation as CEO in January after serving as CEO of the New Mexico Community Foundation.
The LANL Foundation was established in 1997 through an allocation from LANL, along with congressional appropriation through the Department of Energy. The primary mission of the Foundation is to support the educational needs of children in the public schools in the vicinity of Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Today, they are serving this mission by focusing on three areas: early childhood education, inquiry science and scholarships.
“These scholarships are really changing lives,” Parks said. “We now have scholarships available for all ages, along with the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund which has granted more than 1,000 scholarships to date.”
According to Parks, plans are underway to expand its Firstborn program that the foundation manages into a statewide program that can operate autonomously.
The episode can be accessed at soundcloud.com/lanl-cpo/the-lanl-foundation-on-early-childhood-education-inquiry-science-scholarships, along with the entire podcast series.