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State Tech’s Nuclear Technology program receives national certification

One of only three higher education institutions to receive the NUCP certification

The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) has registered the Nuclear Technology program at State Technical College of Missouri as a Nuclear Uniform Curriculum Program (NUCP) in partnership with Exelon Corporation.  State Tech is one of only three higher education institutions in the nation to receive the NUCP certification. 

State Tech President Dr. Donald Claycomb says being one of 3 institutions in the nation to receive the NUCP certification says a lot about the dedication of Bruce Meffert, chair of the Nuclear Technology program, and his staff as well as the partnership State Tech has with Exelon Corporation.  “This certification fits with the tradition of State Tech to seek external validation of the quality of programs it offers,” says Claycomb.

With this announcement, State Tech can now award industry recognized NUCP certificates to graduates of the Nuclear Technology program. 

According to Bruce Meffert, chair of the Nuclear Technology program, graduates with the NUCP certificate will be recognized by nuclear utilities as obtaining knowledge of the national standardized curriculum.  Meffert says this will allow graduates to complete their initial job training and advance to the next technician pay level faster than graduates without the certificate. 

The NUCP is a framework for educating and training operators and technicians for nuclear power plants.  The industry recognized NUCP certificates are awarded, along with diplomas from the college, to students receiving a grade of B or better in all core courses of the curriculum. 

Since 2008, State Tech has been working with the NEI and a small number of community colleges to establish and implement national education objectives and standards for the NUCP.   NEI anticipates all participating institutions will adopt the NUCP so that students receive the same training nationwide and the certification becomes a recognized standard of excellence.

Since its inception in 2004, the Nuclear Technology program has graduated 75 students.   In 2008, Workforce Management Magazine awarded the Nuclear Technology program the 2008 Optimas Award for Vision.

With more than 35 programs, State Technical College of Missouri is Missouri’s only public two-year technical college with a statewide mission.   STC has campuses in Linn, Mexico and Jefferson City.  STC prepares students for profitable employment and a life of learning.    

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