WILMINGTON – Dr. Peter Lyons, Commissioner of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, recognized Cape Fear Community Collegeâ€™s Nuclear Maintenance Technician program during a visit to CFCCâ€™s North Campus on May 1, 2008.
The commissionerâ€™s visit celebrated the North Carolina Community College Systemâ€™s approval of the CFCC Nuclear Maintenance Technician program as an official two-year associate in applied science degree program.Â 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.Â
Following a tour of CFCCâ€™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.Â During his remarks, he stressed the importance of partnerships between industry and education to train future generations of nuclear technicians.Â
â€œI believe that augmenting the collegeâ€™s courses in the sciences and humanities, with practical experience at nuclear facilities and with specialized training at GE Hitachi Nuclear Energyâ€™s facilities in California and in North Carolina, is a very beneficial innovation that will ensure students are well prepared for these careers,â€ Lyons added.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.