New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Awards 2001
Recognizing Those Committed to Making a Difference
Carol Smith
Carol A Smith's foresight and vision was the impetus to start the Bridge to Employment program at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). As a result of her efforts and foresight, the Bridge program has trained and placed over 70 welfare-to-work participants in employment in Northern New Mexico.
In the face of a very hectic and difficult job as Group Leader of Business Operations Materials Management at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), her efforts have made an outstanding contribution to provide community outreach and support to welfare recipients in Northern New Mexico. The Bridge program under Carol's able leadership has received numerous, local, state and national awards. The program was chosen as New Mexico's BEST PRACTICE award to display at the National Governor's conference in Washington D.C. in 2001.
The New Mexico State Legislative Oversight Committee requested that the Bridge program develop a blueprint to help other businesses and government entities model the program. The blueprint has been distributed to over 100 businesses and governmental agencies all over the United States. Carol and her staff were asked to present the Bridge Blueprint at the National Welfare-to-Work conference in Phoenix, Arizona in October 2000.
For five years, Carol and her husband maintained large aquariums at Sombrillo Nursing Home for the enjoyment of the residents and visitors to the nursing home. When schools in Mora, Chama and Espanola called the Laboratory with a request to deliver computers to their schools, Carol stepped forward and provided the manpower and equipment to get the job done.