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Columbia Basin College Nuclear Technology Program

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PASCO, Wash. - The growing Nuclear Technology Program at Columbia Basin College will hold its annual open house for prospective students Monday night.

The free event will give people an opportunity to learn about the program, check out equipment labs, and participate in hands on activities.

This is the program's fourth year and its added a non-license nuclear operator focus area to radiation protection and instrumentation and control since it started.

The program's director says they currently have 45  students and are looking to add more for the fall.

"The demand nationally and regionally are both still very very strong and there are still workforce challenges with an aging workforce in nuclear. So, as the federal situation gets worked out. There's still going to be a high demand for technicians as we go forward," said CBC Nuclear Technology Director Clayton Gibson.

Gibson says local nuclear industry representatives will also be on hand to talk to prospective students. The open house runs  from 5:30 to 7:30 in the CCTE Building on the Pasco campus.