A well-trained energy workforce is an important piece of our nation’s economy and plays a vital role in maintaining our energy independence. Unfortunately, the energy industry is currently faced with several employment challenges:
- The average age of workers in the energy industry is now over 50, and up to half of the industry’s current workforce will retire within five to 10 years.
- As new power plants are constructed and new technologies are adopted, employers will need to hire additional employees.
- Existing training programs cannot meet demand due to the rapid advancement of technology and industry growth.
Constellation Energy Nuclear Group (CENG) has developed strong Educational Partnerships to maintain a robust pipeline of highly skilled, educated and local workers that share our commitment to safety and our pride in the communities we serve. CENG works with both two-year community colleges and four-year universities.
TWO-YEAR COMMUNITY COLLEGES
- College of Southern Maryland (CSM)
- Since 2008, CENG has provided CSM with approximately $330,000 to support development of the Nuclear Engineering Technology (NET) degree program, which focuses on maintenance disciplines, and creates 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.
- Nineteen students received scholarships in the initial year of the NET program and the first graduates are expected in May 2012. In 2010, the Center for Trades and Energy Training served 154 welding students, a key skill set for the energy industry.
- Onondaga Community College (OCC)
- CENG Corporate HR and NMP pledged $100,000 over two years to support OCC’s NET Associate of Applied Science degree, which focuses on maintenance disciplines.
- Bismarck State College via EPCE online
- Bismarck State College’s Primary Utility Partner is Exelon Nuclear and CENG serves as a Secondary Utility Partner.
- Bismarck offers a 100 percent online Associate of Applied Science degree in Nuclear Power Technology.
- Rochester Institute of Technology
- CENG has provided funding to support inter-related minors in Nuclear Energy & Health Physics.
- Polytechnic University of NYU
- CENG has provided funding that was leveraged to receive additional NRC funding that supports an Interdisciplinary minor in nuclear Science & Engineering.
- Syracuse University
- CENG has provided funding to support an interdisciplinary Nuclear Engineering Track.
THE NUCLEAR ENERGY INSTITUTE (NEI)
NEI is the policy organization of the nuclear energy and technologies industry and participates in both the national and global policy-making process. NEI’s objective is to ensure the formation of policies that promote the beneficial uses of nuclear energy and technologies in the United States and around the world. The merger of several nuclear industry organizations resulted in the creation of NEI in 1994. www.nei.org
THE INSTITUTE OF NUCLEAR POWER OPERATIONS (INPO)
INPO promotes the highest levels of safety and reliability—to promote excellence—in the operation of commercial nuclear power plants. INPO establishes performance objectives, criteria and guidelines for the nuclear power industry; conducts regular detailed evaluations of nuclear power plants; and provides assistance to help nuclear power plants continually improve their performance. INPO accomplishes this through plant evaluations, training and accreditation, events analysis, information exchange, and assistance. INPO is a not-for-profit organization headquartered in Atlanta and was established by the nuclear power industry in December 1979. www.inpo.info
THE ELECTRIC POWER RESEARCH INSTITUTE, INC. (EPRI)
EPRI conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the public. An independent, nonprofit organization, EPRI brings together its scientists and engineers as well as experts from academia and industry to help address challenges in electricity, including reliability, efficiency, health, safety and the environment. EPRI also provides technology, policy and economic analyses to drive long-range research and development planning, and supports research in emerging technologies. EPRI’s members represent more than 90 percent of the electricity generated and delivered in the United States. my.epri.com