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Alumnus Nathan Hogue to deliver keynote address at ATC Recognition Ceremony

Nuclear graduates to receive high honors from National Academy for Nuclear Training

State Technical College of Missouri alumnus, Nathan Hogue, will give the keynote address at the Advance Technology Center recognition ceremony Saturday, May 12.

Hogue, a 2009 graduate of State Tech’s Nuclear Technology program, is employed at the University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR) Center in Columbia, MO. 

After graduating from State Tech, Hogue continued his education and completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Project Management from Devry University.  He is currently enrolled in graduate school at the University of Missouri where he is pursuing a Masters of Science in Nuclear Engineering.

Hogue started at MURR as a nuclear technician and since then has been promoted to a Health Physicist II.  According to Hogue, his Associate of Applied Science degree in Nuclear Technology has put him on the fast track with his career.   “The education I received has given me the competitive edge over many of my peers,” Hogue commented.

Hogue was first introduced to State Tech’s Nuclear Technology program through his father who is also employed in the nuclear industry.  “After some research, I discovered that students with a degree from State Tech’s Nuclear Technology program were highly regarded by industry and easily employable,” he said.

In the short term, Hogue is hoping to become certified by the American Board of Health Physics and become accepted into the American Academy of Health Physics.  “In the long term, I hope to advance in leadership roles within the nuclear industry.”

On Saturday, Hogue will address State Tech graduates during a recognition ceremony scheduled at 11:00 a.m. at the Presser Performing Arts Center in Mexico, MO.

In addition to the keynote address, State Tech and Exelon Nuclear’ s Clinton Power Station will for the first time present eligible graduates with the National Academy for Nuclear Training Certificate.

In March, the Nuclear Uniform Curriculum Program Ad Hoc committee voted to approve the State Tech and Exelon’s uniform curriculum program.   The program allows the college and Exelon to issue the nuclear uniform curriculum certificates to eligible graduates.

According to Meffert, 38% of the graduates will receive the certificate at the ceremony on Saturday.  Russell Coon, Vice President of Training at Exelon Nuclear, will be present to distribute certificates to the graduates meeting the eligibility requirements. 

With more than 35 academic programs, State Technical College of Missouri is Missouri’s only public two-year technical college with a statewide mission to prepare students for profitable employment and a life of learning.  

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