WILMINGTON – Dr. Peter Lyons, Commissioner of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, recognized Cape Fear Community CollegeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Nuclear Maintenance Technician program during a visit to CFCCÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s North Campus on May 1, 2008.
The commissionerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s visit celebrated the North Carolina Community College SystemÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s approval of the CFCC Nuclear Maintenance Technician program as an official two-year associate in applied science degree program.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Unique to CFCC, the program prepares students to work as technicians in the nuclear energy industry, including duties inside the reactor containment buildings of commercial nuclear power plants.Ã‚Â
Following a tour of CFCCÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s training facilities, Dr. Lyons spoke to an audience of about 100 students, college staff and local business leaders at the BB&T Auditorium at the McKeithan Center.Ã‚Â During his remarks, he stressed the importance of partnerships between industry and education to train future generations of nuclear technicians.Ã‚Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I believe that augmenting the collegeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s courses in the sciences and humanities, with practical experience at nuclear facilities and with specialized training at GE Hitachi Nuclear EnergyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s facilities in California and in North Carolina, is a very beneficial innovation that will ensure students are well prepared for these careers,Ã¢â‚¬Â Lyons added.Ã‚Â
Students in the Nuclear Maintenance Technician program receive a stipend and free tuition from Granite Services, International, a wholly owned subsidiary of GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy.