“As we prepare for the future of Y-12, it’s critical that we equip our employees with the skills they need to meet our nation’s future national security challenges,” said B&W Y-12 President and General Manager Darrel Kohlhorst.
B&W Y-12 announced an agreement with Roane State Community College that gives employees who want to return to college more scheduling options for classes, and college credit for work and apprenticeship experience.
B&W Y-12 President and General Manager Darrel Kohlhorst and Roane State President Dr.Gary Goff announced the new Memorandum of Understanding at a meeting of the East Tennessee Economic Council.
“As we prepare for the future of Y-12, it’s critical that we equip our employees with the skills they need to meet our nation’s future national security challenges,” Kohlhorst said. “Roane State is working with us to do that by tailoring classes to meet our needs and our employees’ needs. It’s also of great benefit that our employees now can receive college credit for their hands-on work experiences.”
“We look forward to providing outstanding classes that will fit Y-12 employees’ schedules and help them achieve their goals,” Goff said. “This arrangement is a great example of how Roane State and industries can work together to develop a highly trained workforce.”
Roane State will offer additional classes on Fridays, Saturdays and evenings, when the majority of Y-12ers who work four 10-hour days are off work. Roane State also will give some college credit for work experience that meets course requirements. About 170 workers participated in Y-12’s tuition reimbursement program during Fiscal Year 2011, and 13 of those attended Roane State. With the new agreement in place, Y-12 expects Roane State’s numbers to climb.
Many employees enroll in classes to boost their work skills. Others return to school to pursue a degree. Most Y-12 students enrolled in the Roane State program are pursuing an Associate of Applied Science Degree in General Technology or are completing their general education requirements for transfer to a four-year institution where they can pursue a bachelor’s degree.
Source: B&W Y-12
Image: B&W Y-12 and Roane State Community College