Southeast Community College's Milford campus will hold a special celebration for the Energy Generation Operations Control Room Simulator. The Grand Opening will be held Tuesday, May 17, from 2-3 p.m. at the Eicher Technical Center, room 178.
SCC's new Control Room Simulator features cutting edge technology, which sets it apart from other colleges around the nation. The simulator replicates the control room of a power plant, including real-time delays and equipment responses.
"This amazing new tool will even better prepare our students for their future employment," said John Pierce, program chair of the Energy Generation Operations program.
This simulator is worth approximately $250,000 and was sold to SCC for a fraction of the cost in order to give students the best possible learning experience.
Pierce says power plants in the area do not have a training facility like this and are considering using SCC's to train their own employees.
"These features give our students extremely realistic power plant control experiences that are designed to replicate real power plants where we take them on tours," Pierce said.
All Energy Generation students are required to spend time in the simulator every quarter.
"They can boast practical experience in a control room in two different types of popular power plants that actually operate across North America including several right in our region," Pierce said.