CSM to Celebrate Opening of Center for Nuclear Energy Training Sept. 21

            The College of Southern Maryland will celebrate the opening of the Center for Nuclear Energy Training (CNET) which is hosting classes for its new Nuclear Engineering Technology: Instrumentation and Control (NET) associate’s degree program. Calvert County’s Board of County Commissioners will join CSM officials as well as representatives from Constellation Energy Nuclear Group LLCSM (CENG) in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3:30 p.m., Sept. 21 at the CNET facility at 2192 Solomons Island Road in Prince Frederick. The ceremony is open to the public.

            In partnership with the Nuclear Energy Institute and CENG, a joint venture of Constellation Energy and EDF, CSM has developed the associate degree program to meet the workforce needs for technicians in Southern Maryland and at the CENGSM Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant in Lusby.

            A new reactor is expected to create approximately 400 new permanent jobs after its completion, according to UniStar Nuclear Energy, a project developer for the proposed third reactor at Calvert Cliffs, according to a company release. CSM’s NET program will train area workers for these high-paying career opportunities, not only in Southern Maryland, but nationwide.

            Classes for the new degree program will begin at the CNET, located four miles south of the Prince Frederick Campus. CSM is working on the design of the second building on its Prince Frederick Campus which will include dedicated classroom and lab space for the NET program.

            For information on the NET program, visit http://www.csmd.edu/academics/program/AAS.NET.IC/2010-2012.html.