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Plans to construct new nuclear-powered electrical plants across the nation and world - six new plants in Texas alone - will mean an increased need for well-educated and skilled workers in the nuclear industry. Before these nuclear plants can be started, we need trained people to operate and maintain them. We will need nuclear technicians with two-year degrees and engineers in all disciplines with four-year technical degrees. These are good-paying jobs with a future: once a nuclear reactor is in operation, it should operate for around 60 years.

All jobs in the nuclear industry from technicians to graduate engineers require math and science. High school teachers can show their students that math and science do matter and will make a difference in their lives. NPI helps teachers deliver that message!

C-More (Counselors Making Occupational Readiness Exciting)

NPI has learned that school counselors want and need more information about careers in nuclear power as well as a better understanding of which educational tracks students need to follow if they hope to enter nuclear and other technical careers. To meet that need, NPI has expanded its teacher program efforts with a parallel program that supports school counselors and provides them the essential knowledge that will enable them to assist students with their education and career choices.

EUREKA (Educators Uniting Resources, Excellence and Knowledge for Achievement)

The EUREKA program is a unique professional development experience for science and math teachers offered at Texas A&M University (TAMU) in partnership with the Nuclear Power Institute (NPI). EUREKA educators participate in a variety of activities including: curriculum enrichment development, collaboration with university professors and fellow Texas STEM teachers, tours and research opportunities.

Outreach and Recruiting

Outreach and recruiting are core initiatives of NPI. NPI developed an aggressive outreach and recruiting program for middle and high schools to keep students interested in the academic tracks that can lead to a career in the nuclear industry. Elements of the outreach and recruiting program include visits from NPI academic and industry partners to classrooms at intermediate and high schools, attendance by partners at career days, and institutionalizing initiatives at high schools that encourage students to remain interested in STEM careers.

Teacher Research Academy (TRA)

NPI sponsors teachers chosen to attend the Teacher Research Academy (TRA) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in Livermore, California. The Teacher Research Academy is designed as a unique professional development experience where educators meet scientists, learn to use science equipment and processes, and experience science through direct involvement.

Teacher Summit

To help alleviate the shortage of young people choosing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) careers, Texas A&M University's Colleges of Engineering and Science hold an annual teacher summit. The summit provides teachers from all over the state of Texas with cutting edge content and applications to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists.

E3: Enrichment Experiences in Engineering

Working with the Dwight Look College of Engineering and the Texas Engineering Experiment Station in partnership with the National Science Foundation, NPI offers secondary school science and math teachers and pre-service teachers (base criteria is algebra or IPC teacher) a four-week summer residential engineering research experience at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. The overall mission of the E3 RET (Research Experiences for Teachers) program is to excite, empower, and educate teachers about engineering so they in turn will excite, empower, and educate students they come in contact with each day.

E3 teachers become powerful ambassadors for nuclear power - taking their new knowledge back to the classroom, and communicating opportunities in the nuclear industry to students. 

For more information about programs for educators contact:

Valerie Segovia
Director of Outreach and Development