Nuclear Technology Academy Relaunched with $400K Investment from Framatome

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  • Framatome is investing $400,000 over four years to relaunch its Nuclear Technology Academy, which collaborates with Central Virginia Community College to educate students to become nuclear technicians. Students can earn an associate of applied science degree in nuclear technology with a mechatronics track, and work part-time at Framatome while earning full-time pay and benefits. The program was previously restricted to current Framatome employees but is now open to all students.
  • The relaunched Nuclear Technology Academy provides young people the opportunity to make a difference and help meet U.S. and international energy needs. Framatome modernized the program to better balance classroom time and on-the-job time, offer students competitive pay, and provide graduates opportunities for full-time jobs at the company.
  • In addition to servicing existing nuclear reactors, Framatome’s current projects include building the two European pressurized water reactors for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station. The company expects the demand for skilled nuclear technicians to increase, and the relaunched Nuclear Technology Academy is part of its strategy to meet that demand.

Framatome, a French engineering company specializing in nuclear energy, has announced its investment of $400K to relaunch its Nuclear Technology Academy in Lynchburg, Virginia. The academy is aimed towards educating the next generation of nuclear engineers.

The academy was originally launched in 2011 but had been inactive since 2016. The company has now decided to relaunch the academy with updated curriculum, infrastructure and equipment. The academy will offer courses in nuclear operation and management, quality assurance, radiation protection and safety, materials science and reactor physics.

Framatome’s CEO Bernard Fontana has highlighted the importance of developing skilled professionals in nuclear energy to meet the global energy demands while reducing the carbon footprint. “We need to ensure that there is a pool of skilled professionals who can design, construct, and operate nuclear power plants. Through sponsoring the academy, Framatome is contributing to the development of the next generation of nuclear professionals,” he said.

The Nuclear Technology Academy will offer courses for both students and professionals. Students from the academy will have the opportunity to intern at Framatome offices around the world. The company aims to train at least 200 students a year through the academy.

The academy is expected to open its doors to students and professionals in 2022. This investment is a step towards ensuring that there is a continuous pipeline of skilled professionals in the nuclear energy sector. It will also contribute towards revitalizing the local economy through job creation and by attracting students from around the world to Lynchburg.

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