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Eastern Arizona College and Phelps Dodge Announce Occupational Education Partnership

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Eastern Arizona College and Phelps Dodge Announce Occupational Education Partnership

Scholarships, paid internships to be awarded to 65 students

Phelps Dodge Mining Co. and Eastern Arizona College have announced a major new career training partnership including scholarships for 65 individuals. The occupational education program consists of two semesters of coursework and an internship that may lead to full-time employment with Phelps Dodge. The program will initially target three mine-related technical occupations: electrical and instrumentation technician, diesel technician and industrial plant technician. “We’ve patterned this program after a very successful program at Great Basin College in Nevada,” said EAC President Mark Bryce. “It’s a great opportunity for individuals who are interested in these occupations to receive training and gain work experience that is designed to lead to full-time employment with Phelps Dodge.”

The program provides scholarships for 65 students accepted into one of the three occupational areas. The scholarships will cover the full-time tuition cost at EAC including program fees. In addition to the scholarship, a paid internship will be available at the company’s Morenci Mine for students in the program. The internship will pay students up to $12 per hour and includes valuable real-world, hands-on training to supplement classroom and lab instruction.

“Employment in these three areas is currently in high demand,” said EAC Dean of Instruction Hal Weaver. “Beginning salaries for individuals with the skills our students will obtain start at more than $32,000 per year. Students who successfully complete the two-semester program are immediately eligible for employment with Phelps Dodge.”

In recent years, Phelps Dodge has introduced many new technologies into its copper mining and processing operations and is a world leader in technology-based, environmentally responsible mining.

“More and more, our work requires highly trained and technology savvy employees,” said John Galassini, Phelps Dodge senior vice president. “That’s why we are excited about our partnership with EAC. This partnership will help us meet our growing employment needs and get people on board who will help keep us successful.”

The Phelps Dodge occupational education program at EAC will get underway in the fall of 2006. For more information about the program, individuals may call EAC Dean of Instruction Mike Crockett toll free at 800-678-3808 or visit the EAC website at