Richmond Community College (RCC) played host to a contingent from Lake-Sumter (Fla.) State College on Monday as faculty and staff from the central Florida school came to Hamlet to learn about the Electric Utility Substation and Relay Technology (EUSRT) program.
At the behest of Duke Energy, Lake-Sumter is exploring the feasibility of adding a similar curriculum program to their degree offerings.
“Having trained people working in electrical transmission is critically important,” said Bill Jefferson, Duke Energy Vice President for Transmission Construction and Maintenance. “Without knowledgeable substation or relay technicians, the whole (electrical) system would cease to operate.”
RCC began offering courses in EUSRT in 2011 and graduated its first class last year. Students completing the program have found careers working in various technical capacities in electrical transmission. Many of the students slated to graduate next month already have jobs with Duke Energy, pending successful completion, after interning with the company last summer.
During their visit, the guests from Lake-Sumter were able to meet with EUSRT students to hear first hand how the program has impacted them.
“Seeing those students and hearing their stories is a testament to the good work you are doing here,” said Lake-Sumter President Dr. Charles Mojack. “I know it’s gratifying to see them moving on from your program and being successful.
“We are thankful for RCC for taking the time to show us what you have done here and sharing with us what you have gone through to get this program up and running.”