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WRPS’ Lloyd Keith Named CBC Alumni of the Year

Posted Date: October 28, 2020
Columbia Basin College
By: Jay Frank

Pasco, Wash. – Lloyd Keith has been named the Columbia Basin College Alumni of the Year, and will receive the honor during the CBC Foundation’s virtual event “Power of Connections” Thursday, Oct. 29, 6 pm. Keith is being recognized because of his work over the past 12 years helping restart and nurture the college’s Nuclear Technology programs. Keith is an adjunct instructor in the program, and is employed as a Human Performance Improvement Manager at Washington River Protection Systems.

Show your support for Keith, and help raise much-needed funds for Columbia Basin College student scholarships at the CBC Foundation’s “Power of Connection” virtual event, presented by Bechtel.

The Power of Connection is the CBC Foundation’s annual gala event. This year, the gala goes virtual, featuring in-home deliveries of food and other goodies via “event boxes,” silent and live auctions, and an interactive online video presentation with student testimonials, college initiative highlights and more.

The Columbia Basin College (CBC) Foundation was established in 1984 to give individuals, organizations and businesses the opportunity to directly invest in the educational mission of CBC. Through the generosity of our donors, to date the Foundation has awarded more than $8 million in scholarships, and provided more than $12 million to build and equip College programs and support College priorities.

More on Lloyd Keith:
  • Currently the Human Performance Improvement Manager at Washington River Protection Systems
  • Worked alongside former CBC Dean Derek Brandes to re-establish the Nuclear Technology programs
    • Impetus to restart program was the aging nuclear workforce across the nation, specifically at Hanford
  • The inaugural cohort was 12 years ago, 13 students were registered
  • Lloyd was responsible for developing a 4-day orientation session, helped prepare students with college and industry expectations of safety, human performance, math, progress through program(s), in this role he was the first instructor most students encountered for many, many years
  • Lloyd has developed curriculum and taught many classes in the program
    • NT 111 Nuclear Math & Physics
    • NT 131 Nuclear Facility Components
    • NOP 251 Advanced Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
  • Lloyd’s career in the nuclear industry began in 1980, US Navy Nuclear Power Program
  • Began working at Hanford in 1987 as an operator at FFTF
  • Spent 2.5 years working at Sellafield Nuclear Site in England
  • Earned AAS from CBC in 1993, then earned bachelor’s degree from Eastern Oregon University
  • Has been instrumental in recruiting faculty, including his own son William “Bill” Keith
  • Over the years, has impacted both on CBC campus and at Hanford 250+ students
  • Has earned the “Contributor of the Year” award several times. This is an annual award voted on by nuclear tech students.


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