2011-10-21 / Education

Midlands Technical College awarded U.S. Department of Energy Grant

Contributed by Midlands Technical College

Midlands Technical College ( MTC) has been selected as one of 12 colleges and universities in the nation to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science and Technology Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP) in the area of General Scientific Infrastructure Awards.

Grant funds totaling $123,000 will be used to purchase instructional equipment for three nuclear laboratories used in training Nuclear Systems and Nuclear Chemistry technicians at MTC.

Midlands Technical College began offering the Nuclear Systems Technology program in fall 2009 utilizing training materials and financial support from South Carolina Electric & Gas Company. The college has since received close to $1 million in federal grants for curriculum development and student scholarships. The program recently expanded to include a nuclear chemistry certificate.

Dr. Clint Chandler, chair of the MTC Engineering Technologies and Engineering Transfer Department, is serving as a Principal Investigator for the Regional Center for Nuclear Education and Training (RCNET), a center of excellence sponsored by a National Science Foundation grant awarded earlier this year. Columbia is in the heart of the Nuclear Renaissance and Midlands Technical College is a leader in training a highly skilled, highly demanded workforce for the next generation of nuclear reactors.

Over the next two decades, nuclear plant workforce needs are projected to exceed 40,000 trained personnel, and more than half of this need is projected for the Southeastern United States, according to the US Department of Energy. Graduates of MTC’s Nuclear Systems Technology program have been placed at each of the five surrounding nuclear plants in North and South Carolina.

MTC’s $ 123,000 in grant funding is part of NEUP’s General Scientific Infrastructure Awards for fiscal year 2011, totaling $2,365,959 among 12 colleges and universities. Total grant funding from NEUP in all related categories is $17,686,477, divided among 23 colleges and universities.

Midlands Technical College is a comprehensive, multi-campus, public, twoyear college serving the primary region of Richland, Lexington and Fairfield counties of South Carolina. The college enrolls approximately 18,000 credit students annually, and provides continuing education to 30,000 individuals and hundreds of area businesses each year. MTC is the largest provider of transfer students to the University of South Carolina. www.midlandstech.edu.

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