On Saturday, August 28, the Nuclear Power Institute (NPI) partnered with Wharton County Junior College (WCJC) to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Nuclear Engineering & Science Center (NESC) TRIGA reactor with the “Nuclear Power, Process, and Manufacturing Technology Workshop for STEM Educators”.
This one-day program brought educators from across the State of Texas to the WCJC CED – Bay City campus to learn about the nuclear power, process, and manufacturing technology industries. The information provided to the participating educators would identify opportunities, programs, careers, requirements, and job outlooks in each of the listed industries.
One of the deliverables and commitments made by the participating educators was to bring the material covered back into their classroom. In the Fall semester, the educators are expected to distribute the WCJC material amongst their students and present the information they were provided from this workshop.
In just one week after the announcement, 75 educators applied to participate in this workshop. NPI was able to support 62 educators. As of September 7, just 10 days after the educator workshop was held, the impact of this educator workshop has already reached 563 students across 8 educator’s schools with many more to come.
NPI is proud to say the impact of this program could reach several thousand students across the State of Texas. Some activities that have been reported by educators range from in-depth looks into 2-year technical degrees, introduction into process and manufacturing technology, and projects and presentations relating to future job outlooks for nuclear and process technology operators and manufacturing maintenance. The NPI inspires, engages, and enhances Texas STEM Education!