Presents $50,000 scholarship gift for Nuclear Engineering Technology program
Baltimore, June 30, 2011 — The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) recognized Constellation Energy Nuclear Group, LLCSM (CENG) with the 2011 Partnership in Education award during the College’s annual Leading Edge Awards Banquet on Wednesday, June 22. CENG also presented a $50,000 gift to CSM for Nuclear Engineering Technology (NET) degree program scholarships. The Leading Edge awards recognize local businesses, agencies and individuals for their contributions to the college throughout the year.
“CSM has been an outstanding educational partner with CENG. This award recognizes our commitment to educate and train the next generation of the nuclear workforce. But without CSM’s shared vision and commitment to the Southern Maryland community, we could not have achieved this level of success,” said George Gellrich, Site Vice President, Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant (CCNPP), who accepted the award on behalf of CENG.
CSM and CENG work together to offer degrees to students who wish to pursue careers in the nuclear energy field. Since 2008, CENG has provided CSM with approximately $330,000 to assist with the development of the NET degree program and create a CENG Welding Lab at the Center for Trades and Energy Training. $75,000 is earmarked for scholarships to the NET program; this funding was also leveraged to receive more than $130,000 in Nuclear Regulatory Commission grants for additional scholarships and other program costs. 19 students received scholarships in the initial year of the program and the first graduates are expected in May 2012.
“Calvert Cliffs’ 35 year history of safe and reliable operations is a direct reflection on our dedicated employees, who raise their families in Southern Maryland. I can think of no better investment than the students at CSM who seek to carry on our commitment to excellence. With this $50,000 gift for scholarships, we hope to create a robust pipeline of local workers who are highly skilled, educated and committed to safety and the Southern Maryland community,” said Gellrich.
Calvert Cliffs is located in Lusby, Md. and began generating electricity in 1975. Since then, Calvert Cliffs has continually set records for power production and worker safety. CSM is a public, regional community college with campuses in La Plata, Leonardtown, Prince Frederick and Waldorf, Md.