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Published on April 21st, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


MTC Honors Recipients of Nuclear Uniform Curriculum Program Certificate

Pictured first row (l-r): NUCP certificate recipients James Small, John Diamond, Dillon Barber, Isaac Cushing, Thomas O’Conner, Ryan Burns, and Devin Hammond. Second row (l-r): Scott Macfarland, SCANA manager, corporate workforce planning; Clint Chandler, MTC department chair, engineering technologies; Andy Barbee, SCE&G director of nuclear training; Al Harris, SCE&G manager of nuclear operations; Ron Jones, SCE&G vice president of new nuclear operations; and Paul Mothena, SCE&G manager, nuclear training, V.C. Summer Units 2 and 3.

MidlandsTechnicalCollege recognized eighteen MTC Nuclear Systems Technology students who earned the Nuclear Uniform Curriculum Program (NUCP) Certificate at a ceremony on the Northeast Campus recently. This was the third-annual NUCP certificate ceremony for the college.

The NUCP, a program of the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), is a framework for educating and developing operators and technicians for nuclear power plants around the country. It is an industry-recognized certificate that is given only to high-ranking students in MTC’s Nuclear Systems Technology program. The certificates are in addition to any academic degrees, certificates or diplomas students may earn.

For students to earn the NUCP from MidlandsTechnicalCollege, they must maintain a “B” average in all nuclear-related courses. Of the eighteen MTC students receiving the NUCP this year, three have already accepted jobs with SCANA Corporation.

Present at the NUCP certificate ceremony were distinguished guests from the Midlands nuclear energy community; MTC president Dr. Sonny White, Jr.; Dr. Clint Chandler, MTC department chair for Engineering Technologies; Ron Jones, SCE&G vice president of new nuclear operations; and Andy Barbee, SCE&G director of nuclear training.

About MTC’s Nuclear Systems Technology Program

MTC’s Nuclear Systems Technology program, which began in fall 2009, covers the fundamentals of nuclear power systems including nuclear plant components, radiological protection, reactor theory, and nuclear plant chemistry.

The program was created at the request of South Carolina Electric & Gas Company to supply the company’s expansion of the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station with qualified nuclear technicians. Located in the college’s service area in FairfieldCounty, V.C. Summer Unit 1 has been in commercial operation for 30 years. Unit 2 is scheduled to go on line in late 2017 or early 2018, followed by Unit 3.

The expansion of the V.C. Summer facilities is expected to require 15 new nuclear operators per year between 2012 and 2017. In addition, projected retirements among the current local nuclear power workforce could require up to 15 new operators each year.

The Nuclear Systems Technology program allows students to train to become nuclear operators at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in FairfieldCounty or other nuclear plants around the country. Students earn a two-year associate degree from MTC with a strong emphasis in Mechanical Engineering Technology and Nuclear Operations, and qualified graduates have the opportunity to complete their training at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station. It is the only program of its kind in South Carolina.

MidlandsTechnicalCollege’s Nuclear Systems Technology program has been certified a Nuclear Uniform Curriculum Program by the Nuclear Energy Institute. This certification ensures the academic program meets the industry’s highest standards.

Midlands Technical College (MTC) is a comprehensive, multi-campus, public, two-year college serving Richland, Lexington and Fairfield counties of South Carolina. The fifth-largest provider of higher education in South Carolina and the largest provider of transfer students to four-year colleges and universities in the state, MTC enrolls approximately 18,000 credit students annually. The college’s Corporate and Continuing Education program, one of the largest and most comprehensive in the Southeast, provides continuing education to 30,000 individuals and hundreds of area businesses each year.

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