The Nuclear Power Institute (NPI) is a unique statewide
partnership led by the Texas Engineering Experiment Station and
headquartered at Texas A&M University.
NPI brings together four-year universities, two-year technical
and community colleges, and public schools with the nuclear power
industry, state and local organizations, and state, federal, and
international agencies. Together, they can meet the challenge of
providing the trained workforce needed to operate new and existing
reactors in Texas.
The Nuclear Power Institute was
established on December 6, 2007 by the Board of Regents in response
to the need identified by the nuclear industry to develop the new
nuclear workforce. The availability of the workforce is on the
critical path to initial operation of the plants.
The Nuclear Power Institute has
responded by forming a partnership with six universities, six
community colleges, industry, governmental agencies, high schools
and middle schools, teachers, and elected and civic leaders. New
academic programs at the two-year and four-year level have been
developed and implemented. The first group of students graduated in
May 2010 with 39 being employed by STP.
Outreach to students and teachers
is a priority. Very innovative approaches have been created to link
with teachers and students to inform and encourage high school
students to enter into academic programs leading to STEM careers
including those in the nuclear industry. Some of these have been
recognized nationwide for their creativity and effectiveness. Plus
the growth in nuclear power nationally and internationally are all
facing the nuclear workforce issue.