PASCO, Wash. - The nuclear industry has an aging workforce and to help supply future workers, Columbia Basin College is announcing a new Nuclear Technology Program.
It's a 2 year degree in Applied Science and Nuclear Technology and will begin this Fall.
Presidents, CEO's and other representatives from Energy Northwest, Washington River Protection Solutions, Battelle, CH2M-Hill Remediation and Mission Support Alliance made the announcement with CBC in a press conference Tuesday.
They'll be sponsoring the program providing scholarships, equipment and much of the modern day curriculum.
The goal is to educate future employees they'll all compete for as their current workers near retirement.
"This is the way you do it. You do it in the formal education process, you do it in the classroom. You do it with people that actually understand so you're dealing with facts when you make those tough decisions about what we're going to do in the future," said Energy Northwest CEO Vic Parrish.
Parrish is one of the many who are retiring from the nuclear field. He'll retire next July and plans to be heavily involved in CBC's Nuclear Technology Program. He'll possibly even teach a few courses to make sure students are getting the experience they need to be prepared for the real world.