MCCC Partners With DTE Energy to Begin New Nuclear Engineering Technology Program

Mar 01, 2011, 12:38 ET from Monroe County Community College

MONROE, Mich., March 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Monroe County Community College, in partnership with DTE Energy, will launch its own nuclear engineering technology program in the fall, MCCC President Dr. David E. Nixon announced yesterday at a news conference in the atrium of the college's La-Z-Boy Center.

A nuclear engineering technology program has been available to MCCC students in conjunction with Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, Ohio and DTE Energy since 2008; however, LCC has housed the program and served as the degree-granting institution.

Nixon and Jack Davis, senior vice president and chief nuclear officer at DTE Energy, signed an Agreement of Understanding authorizing the two organizations to jointly participate in the Nuclear Energy Institute's Nuclear Uniform Curriculum Program to develop future employees for the U.S. nuclear power industry.

By signing the Agreement of Understanding, MCCC and DTE Energy agree to align MCCC's new nuclear energy technology program with the initial training programs offered by DTE Energy and accredited by the National Nuclear Accrediting Board.  

This alignment facilitates the transitioning of graduates into the nuclear energy industry utility training programs in accordance with the requirements of the Uniform Curriculum Guide for Nuclear Power Plant Technician, Maintenance and Nonlicensed Operations Personnel Associate Degree Programs, as developed by NEI.

Under the terms of the agreement, MCCC will develop and maintain – in conjunction with DTE Energy – an associate of applied science degree in nuclear engineering technology that will enable graduates to seek employment as nuclear engineering technicians in various sectors of the nuclear industry.

MCCC will provide faculty and resources to offer all courses needed to complete the program and ensure that it is in compliance with state regulations and accreditation requirements.  DTE Energy will serve as the principal point of contact for the review of technical content of the curriculum.  The company may provide additional resources to support the program, such as laboratory equipment, supervisors for internships and more.

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Contact:  Joe Verkennes, Monroe County Community College, (734) 384-4207, or Guy Cerullo, DTE Energy, (734) 586-4167

SOURCE Monroe County Community College