Microburst Learning Completes 50th Online Job Shadow for the State
Latest MicroCareerBurst™ promotes careers in Nuclear Energy production
Columbia, SC – Microburst Learning announced that it has completed its 50th online educational tool for South Carolina students, educators and parents to promote careers in the nuclear energy production arena. Sponsored by EngenuitySC and SCANA, the Nuclear Energy Production MicroCareerBurst™ discusses the growing need for highly trained workers as new nuclear capacity is expanding with the construction of two new nuclear reactors in Fairfield County. Highlighted jobs in the e-lesson include nuclear operators, radiation protection technicians and nuclear engineers.
According to Dr. Sonny White, President of Midlands Technical College and Co-Chair of EngenuitySC's NuHub initiative, the expansion of nuclear power generation in the Southeast brings a wealth of opportunity for high-paying and stable jobs in what schools refer to as STEM careers, ones focusing on science, technology, engineering and math. “As new jobs come online and an aging nuclear workforce gets ready to retire, it is vital that we get today’s middle and high school students excited about the variety of jobs they can pursue in the nuclear energy arena,” Dr. White explained. “Working with our partners at SCANA, we are using the power of the Internet to share valuable information with students, teachers and even parents about what skills and training are needed to succeed in this career path.”
The 20-minute interactive job shadow experience allows students to experience what typical job tasks are required, what education and training are needed, what work hours and compensation levels they can expect and why people working in the nuclear energy industry find their careers meaningful and fulfilling. The e-lesson combines video testimonials with colorful animation and graphic design, interactive games and contemporary music to capture a teenager’s attention span and multimedia usage.
“We anticipate a need for 800 to 1000 new employees as our new AP1000 reactors come online in 2017 and 2018,” said Scott Macfarland, manager of SCANA’s Corporate Workforce Planning division. “This MicroCareerBurst is one of several ways we are getting the word out to the next generation workforce about the benefits of working in our safe and productive nuclear energy industry. We hope that students who participate in the online shadowing experience will go on to enroll in some of the programs we’ve established with Midlands Technical College, the University of South Carolina and a number of other higher education institutions to build our future workforce pipeline.”
The beauty of the MicroCareerBurst tools is the ability to share consistent career information in an engaging and instructive format regardless of what part of the state a student resides. Students in metropolitan, rural and suburban school districts all have free online access 24/7 through the state’s Personal Pathways to Success web portal (www.scpathways.org.) Upon completing the e-lesson, the experience is populated into the student’s individual graduation plan, or IGP, as an extended learning opportunity which is required to build career readiness.
For more information about MicroCareerBursts and opportunities to promote other career fields, please visit www.microburstlearning.org or call 877-719-5073.