Regional Center for
Nuclear Education & Training
Due to growth, an aging workforce, international competition, and natural attrition the nuclear industry in the United States is experiencing unprecedented workforce demands. Over the next two decades, nuclear workforce needs will exceed the current pool of trained personnel. Current training platforms are not scaled to meet this need which puts both the industry and our nation at risk. In August of 2011, National Science Foundation (NSF) established the Regional Center for Nuclear Education and Training (RCNET) to address these workforce demands in a unified and systematic way.
RCNET is located at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, FL and is a consortium of 56 colleges and universities, 92 industry partners, and multiple agencies and other partners. RCNET partners with academic institutions and employers to promote improvements in the education of nuclear technicians at the undergraduate and secondary school levels. RCNET focuses on curriculum development, professional development of college faculty and secondary school teachers, career pathways from secondary schools to two-year colleges and four-year institutions, and providing standardized quality resources to schools across the region in the nuclear fields of power generation, life and plant sciences, and environmental management.
RCNET has become a viable workforce pipeline, largely due to an ever-expanding network of academic, industry, and agency partnerships. RCNET’s largest measure of success is the placement of over 2,200 program graduates in nuclear technician jobs at over 60 industry partner locations.
Nuclear technology has quietly been embedded into multiple disciplines and has become crucial to the present and future of the United States’ technical fields. Nuclear industries account for more than 2.6M jobs and contribute $120B toward the United States Gross Domestic Product. With an aging population, natural attrition, and growth, there will be over 65,000 high-paying nuclear career opportunities by 2030. RCNET has positioned itself as a leader in nuclear technician training and is preparing toady’s students for tomorrow’s careers.
Mission Statement & Goals
The Regional Center for Nuclear Education & Training (RCNET) is focused on the development and sustainability of a highly technical workforce pipeline for the nuclear fields of power generation, life and plant sciences, and environmental management. The 6 key goals are to:
- Expand and maintain a learning repository with comprehensive standardized curriculum for power generation, life and plant sciences, and environmental management.
- Increase academic and career pathways for students and technicians across nuclear STEM fields.
- Develop, promote, and broaden partnerships between industry and academic institutions to increase articulation, college completion, and career placement.
- Develop and provide access to best practices in hands-on training, affective domain instruction, and emerging technologies through professional development.
- Create and disseminate marketing material to increase awareness of nuclear academic programs and careers.
- Promote and increase the number of under-represented populations in nuclear STEM fields.
RCNET Partner List
College Partners: Aiken Technical College, AB Tech Community College, Augusta Technical College, Bismark State College, Brazosport College, Cape Fear Community College, Central Piedmont Community College, Chattanooga State Community College, College of Central Florida, College of Southern Maryland, Catawba Valley Community College, Columbia Basin Community College, Cuesta College, Dakota County Technical College, Denmark Technical College, Estrella Mountain Community College, Florence-Darlington Technical College, Frederick Community College, Gaston College, Houston Community College, Indian River State College, Lake Michigan College, Lakeland Community College, Lakeshore Technical College, Linn State Technical College, Lorain County Community College, Luzerne County Community College, Miami Dade College, Midlands Technical College, Monroe County Community College, New Mexico Junior College, Onondaga Community College, Orangeburg-Calhou Technical College, Paine College, Richland Community College, Salem Community College, Southeast Community College, Spartanburg Community College, SUNY Ulster, Terra Community College, Texas State Technical College at Waco, Thomas Edison State College, Three Rivers Community College, Wallace Community College, Wharton County Junior College
University Partners: East Carolina University, Excelsior College, Florida International University, Idaho State University, Maine Maritime Academy, Missouri University Research Reactor, North Carolina State University, South Carolina State University, Texas A&M University, University of Florida, and the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.
Agencies & Other Organizations: American Nuclear Society, CasEnergy Coalition, Center for Energy Workforce Development, Department of Energy (Nuclear & EM Divisions), Institute of Nuclear Power Operations, Manufacturing Extension Partnership, National Association of Community College Entrepreneurs, NASA, Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee, Nuclear Energy Institute, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Oak Ridge National Lab, SRSCRO, Waste Management, and the U.S. Navy.
Industry: Advanced Machine & Tooling, Allegis Group, Alstom Power Inc., American Electric Power, Applied Ecology, Inc., Areva, Arizona Public Service Co., AVANtech Inc., Babcock & Wilcox Nuclear Energy Inc., Bartlett Nuclear Inc., Bechtel Corporation, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, BHI Energy, Bruce Power, Cabrera Services Inc., Canberra, Chicago Bridge & Iron, Concord Engineering, Consolidated Edison Co., Constellation Energy Group Inc., Coqui RadioPharmaceuticals Corp., Crane Co., Curtiss Wright Flow Control Company, Nuclear Group, Dominion Resources, Inc., Energy Northwest, Energy Solutions, Entergy, Exelon Corporation, FirstEnergy Power, DTE Energy Company, Duke Energy, DZ Atlantic, Emerson Electric, Enercon Energy Corporation, Florida Power & Light, Fluor Corp, General Electric, Goodyear Tires, Grace, GSE Systems, Gulf Power, IveyCooper, Kurion, Lockheed Martin Global Training & Logistics, L3-MAPPS, Mississippi Power, Hitachi, Holtec International, Honeywell, IHI Power Services Corp, International Isotopes Inc., iRobot Corporation, Nebraska Public Power District, NextEra Energy Resources, NLI, Northstar Medical Radioisotopes LLC, Northwest Medical, Nuvia, Omaha Public Power District, PacTec Inc., Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station (Power Plant), Paradigm Precision, PaR Systems, Pentek Inc., PPL Corporation, PSEG Nuclear LLC, Raytheon, Radiation Safety & Control Services, Reef Industries Inc., Rockwell Collins Inc., Sargent & Lundy, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions LLC, Savannah River Remediation LLC, SCANA, SCE&G, Shaw Group Inc., SHINE Medical Technologies, Siemens, Southern California Edison Company, Southern Nuclear Company, STP Nuclear Operating Company, Tennessee Valley Authority, Teletrix Corporation, URENCO Inc., URS, USEC Inc., Washington Gas Light Co., Washington River Protection Solutions, Waste Control Specialist, Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Xcel Energy Inc.
ATE Centers: The 360 Center of Excellence, Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE), Southeast Regional Center for Laser and Fiber Optics (Laser-TEC), National Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA), National Center for Welding Education and Training (Weld-Ed)[/mp_code]