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MDC Teams with FPL and the Nuclear Energy Institute to Fill Gaps in Skilled, Qualified Workforce

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Miami, July 6, 2011 - Hoping to mitigate a shortage of numerous highly skilled positions in the energy industry the near future, Miami Dade College (MDC) will serve as an educational partner of Florida Power & Light (FPL) and the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), in the Nuclear Uniform Curriculum Program (NUCP).

The goal of the partnership is to ensure a pipeline of well-educated and highly skilled nuclear professionals are trained and prepared for demanding careers in the nuclear industry.  

The NUCP was created in 2000 by the NEI as a workforce initiative to mitigate anticipated skilled worker shortages. This effort led to the creation of the NUCP with MDC acting as an educational partner and pilot member of the initiative. 

James Auld, FPL’s training coordinator, says the NUCP will help ensure the nuclear industry has a talent pipeline equipped to handle the rigors of the profession. “We will accomplish this by systematically collaborating with educational institutions to focus on skilled craft and technicians training and clearly define what we expect from the participants in this program.” 

He added, “We want to ensure NUCP is consistent so this partnership between nuclear power utilities and educational institutions remains active.” 

The NUCP has established a process for certifying graduates of the respective programs as having completed the uniform curriculum requirements. This certificate documents to the nuclear industry that the graduates have satisfied the fundamental knowledge requirements that will later prepare them for advanced placement into the National Academy for Nuclear Training (NANT), an established program well-known throughout the nuclear industry. 

This past April, 26 MDC students successfully completed the NUCP training and will complete FPL employment requirements by August. 

“This is a very effective collaboration that will help our students build a better future, improve the workforce, and strengthen MDC’s ties to the business community,  said Dr. Jeanne Jacobs, president of MDC’s Homestead Campus, where NUCP student participants will be enrolled.

For several years, MDC has also partnered with FPL on its Clean Energy Institute providing many skilled graduates to the energy company who have received Associate in Science degrees with specializations in instrumentation and control, electrical maintenance and mechanical maintenance. For half a century, MDC has been at the vanguard of working with industry to meet educational and workforce training needs.

For more information about the Nuclear Uniform Curriculum Program at MDC, contact Dr. Richard White, director of MDC’s School of Engineering and Technology at 305-237-3735 or rwhite@mdc.edu.

 

Media-only contacts:
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Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359, tcarroll@mdc.edu, media specialist
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