Odessa Junior College in Texas typically has a student body of 16,000 and of those, 5,000 are enrolled in its occupational and technical courses. Many of those students will spend time with Jessica Jordan learning how to safely investigate and mitigate hazmat situations. Jordan is an associate professor and chair of the Occupational Safety and Environmental Technology Department. But she didn’t set out 27 years ago with the intent of educating the next generation of safety professionals. “I didn’t have a clue that this was actually a career” she says.
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