ASU will soon be the home to the world's first training program designed to protect our nation's nuclear power sites.
It's been years in the making, but the board of trustees unanimously voted to approve the project. Board Chairman Elton Dean says it was a pleasant surprise when Total Protection Services selected ASU out of the entire country.
"It's cutting edge. The biggest change, we never did expect anything like this so soon. For somebody to choose you out of all these institutions to partner with nuclear regulatory and training people for security and nuclear jobs, it's just phenomenal," said Dean.
Now that the board has approved the program, Total Protection Services's CEO Phrantceena Halres will work with the school to develop the specific training. She says once students graduate, they'll have guaranteed jobs with her company.
"Very good paying jobs, very good paying jobs particularly in rural areas at a time when unemployment is very high. So we're excited about that, we're excited about the partnership with the university," said Halres.
There were several reasons that the company picked ASU to train students for work with nuclear power plants, but one really stood out.
"The geographic location, because as Ms. Halres says, 91% of these nuclear power facilities are located east of the Mississippi," said Donald Watkins, a former ASU board member.
The program will be funded by grants and any other universities who want the program will have to be licensed through ASU.
The university hopes to have the program up and running by 2015.