Dothan, Ala.– Wallace Community College recently held a ceremony in recognition of the first class of students to complete Nuclear Engineering Technology (NET). The program, which began admitting students in fall 2010, is the College’s newest career-technical program.
The NET program grew out of a request from the Nuclear Uniform Curriculum Program (NUCP), an agency that designed a program to meet the need for training technicians and operators for nuclear electrical generation plants. The NUCP contacted Wallace to determine the possibility of offering the training near Plant Farley, a Southern Nuclear power plant. The nearest educational facility to offer the program is Augusta Tech in August, Georgia.
“This event showcases the unique partnership between Southern Nuclear and the College,” said Dr. Linda C. Young, WCC president. “Southern Nuclear has provided a dedicated liaison to work with our students in preparation for taking the required employment tests and for career exploration and training.” Several members of the Plant Farley workforce serve on the Advisory Committee and participate in monthly conference calls with the NET faculty and staff.
The program features coursework in three cores areas: academic, career-technical, and nuclear-specific. The detailed, five-month program consists of classroom and lab instruction and tours of Plant Farley. “While the rigor of the program lends itself to very serious students, the payoff comes in the form of high skill, high wage, and high demand employment opportunities,” explained Dr. Bill Sellers, coordinator, career-technical division. “Individuals who have faced industry layoffs or failure to find employment after completing a four-year degree have found the program to be one that will truly open doors to an exciting career.”
Dr. Sellers and Nora Swanson, coordinator of workforce development, Southern Nuclear, presented the graduates with certificates of completion. NET is a five-semester (minimum) program. Graduates receive an Associate of Applied Science in Nuclear Engineering Technology.
The following graduates received certificates:
Abbeville: Shane Money; Dothan: Ead Alsammani, Shawn Collins, Justin Hinkle, Kenneth Newsome, Jacob Patterson, Jacob Walker, and Zach Wise; Gordon: Sonji Pender; Hartford: Joe Hinson; New Brockton: Aaron Pope; Slocomb: Lee Sasser.