Dr. James Sherrard
Chair of Nuclear Programs, Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Health Physics.Three Rivers Community College, Norwich Connecticut and ATEA Board of Trustee.
"A Unique & Successful Interstate AS to BS Health Physics Degree Program Partnership"
31st Annual International Dosimetry and Records SymposiumJune 3-7 Hilton Head, South Carolina
Dr. James Sherrard will co-presented with Dr. Clayton French, Professor of Radiological Sciences, University of Massachusetts at Lowell(UML). This 20 year proven program and institutional relationship supplies the health physics industry in the Northeast with a well-educated and degreed workforce. The program prepares health care professionals who treat patients and safety professionals who test and monitor levels of radiation. Both the AS and BS degree are Accreditation Board of Engineering Technology (ABET) accredited. Through this joint presentation, Sherrard and Clayton will provide a model for other Health Physics partnerships
Three Rivers Community College AS degreed students transfer to UML with junior status enabling them to graduate with baccalaureate degree in two years. The Connecticut students transferring to the four year program in Massachusetts pay only a slightly increased Massachusetts in-state tuition rate due to a provision in the New England Regional Compact Agreement. UML find the TRCC transfer students competitive for scholarships from DOE, NRC, INPO and HPS.
Sherrard's Nuclear Engineering Technology program has two employment directions: Health Physics and the nuclear power plant operations. Both areas require knowledge of nuclear power and radiation. Each meets a different workforce need. Dominion Nuclear Connecticut hired 12 plant operators to start this May at the Millstone Power plant, 8 of them are graduates of Dr. Sherrard's program. This entry level position pays $63,000.