PASCO -- The new nuclear technology program at Columbia Basin College will receive $166,389 from the Department of Energy to develop radiological protection technology classes.
It's the second boost the program has received this month.
Last week, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission awarded $100,000 to be matched by CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co. for curriculum development.
The DOE grant, part of $18.2 million awarded Thursday for nuclear education across the nation, will be used to buy equipment for the radiological protection technology program.
Students in the program will earn a two-year degree and are expected to be in demand at Hanford as health physics technicians or can continue their education to earn four-year degrees.
The nuclear technology program, which started offering classes in fall 2009, now will offer both an instrumentation and control option and also a radiological protection technology option.