LUSBY, MD, January 25, 2012 – The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History is holding its third National Nuclear Science Week (NNSW), this week, January 23, through January 27. Constellation Energy Nuclear Group’s (CENG) Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant (CCNPP) partners with the College of Southern Maryland to meet the increasing need for talented new employees at the site, tying into the NNSW Monday focus area of education and Tuesday focus area of careers.
CENG formed a partnership with the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) as part of the Nuclear Uniform Curriculum Program (NUCP), which was developed to ensure there is a robust pipeline of entry level non-licensed operators, radiation protection technicians and maintenance personnel for the nuclear industry.
CENG is involved with the NUCP as the primary partner for CSM’s Nuclear Engineering Technology associate degree program through a grant of $100,000. This program will provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to work as entry-level technicians upon graduation or further a career in the nuclear industry.
“We’re proud to partner with the College of Southern Maryland to offer tomorrow’s leaders world-class nuclear training today,” said George Gellrich, CCNPP vice president. “This grant aligns with our values and is really a great example of a local program that helps drive sustainability in our industry.”
Eighteen current NET students participated in a six-week, paid, for-credit internship at CCNPP. CENG also awarded 15 scholarships to NET students, totaling approximately $65,000 for the 2011-2012 academic year. There are 52 declared NET majors, twelve to fifteen of which are expected to graduate in May 2012.
CENG provided funding for NET lab equipment and contributed equipment to stock a welding lab for the college’s Career Starters programs at the Center for Trade and Energy Training (CTET) in Waldorf. Ground was recently broken on CSM’s Prince Frederick Campus for a $10.2 million building funded by state and county funds to include 3,000 square feet dedicated to the Center for Nuclear Energy Training (CNET).
For more information about Constellation Energy Nuclear Group, visit www.cengllc.com. To view and apply for career opportunities, visit www.constellation.com/careers.
National Nuclear Science Week is a national, broadly observed week-long celebration to focus local, regional and national interest on all aspects of nuclear science. Each day will provide for learning about the contributions, innovations and opportunities that can be found by exploring nuclear science. Focus areas for the week include education on Monday, careers on Tuesday, energy generation on Wednesday, safety on Thursday and nuclear medicine on Friday. For more information, visit www.nuclearscienceweek.org.