As many as 40 community colleges across the nation have heeded the call and are now providing programs to train a new generation of nuclear technicians. These programs can be completed in a fraction of the time of a standard four-year degree, with most associate's degrees earned in two years or less. Both high school graduates and adults looking for a career change can capitalize on these programs, moving into an industry that pays well and is much more secure in terms of growth and stability.
- Line workers
- Substation electricians
- Fossil and nuclear operators
The company website includes a listing of colleges in the area that offer programs in these specific fields of study. Lakeland Community College in Lakeland, Ohio, is offering a nuclear training program.
As community colleges begin partnering with the industries in their communities, they can offer students a solid education and better job prospects after graduation. In the case of the nuclear power industry, it appears those prospects will continue to improve well into the future.