Four Aiken Technical College Radiation Protection Technology students recently received a distinguished nuclear industry certification that will make them more marketable to potential employers.
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Richard Austin, Allison Cunningham, Colby Kight, and David Roberts were recognized with Nuclear Uniform Curriculum Program (NUCP) certificates during a ceremony on campus this month. The NUCP certification can allow qualified students to be exempt from portions of required initial job training at any nuclear power plant in the country because of the specialized training that the student has received through training with a partner college.
"The NUCP certificate is acknowledgement of the students' achievements in the core classes of their degree programs, and assures the nuclear power industry that they have satisfied the fundamental requirements for an entry-level radiation protection technician position," said ATC Department Chair for Nuclear and Skilled Trades Programs Dave Deal.
Students who successfully complete the requirements and receive the NUCP certification could skip more than 12 weeks of required initial training and proceed to site-specific training, which would mean a significant savings of cost and time for a potential employer.
ATC partnered with industry sponsor SCANA to develop and certify ATC's program, awarding its first NUCP certificate in 2011. Since then, ATC has awarded a group of students with the specialized NUCP certification each year.
Students were joined at last week's ceremony by Paul Mothena, SCANA Manager for Nuclear Training and New Nuclear Deployment; Moses Coleman, SCANA Manager of Health Physics and Safety Services; and William Barber, Health Physics Operational Superintendent for Plant Vogtle Units 3 and 4.
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