Online course invites nuclear engineering pros

LeClair says she expects more women to enter Excelsior's nuclear engineering technology program.

There aren’t any 18-year-old freshmen in one of the country’s only accredited nuclear engineering technology courses, but there are plenty of industry experts who can finish the intensive curriculum in less than two years.

Instead of facing a classroom full of teenagers with little or no background on a subject, instructors at online institution Excelsior College in Albany, N.Y., teach students with lengthy military resumes, said Jane LeClair, dean of the School of Business and Technology who oversees the college’s nuclear engineering technology program, the only accredited online nuclear engineering technology program in the country .

“Some of our students have equal knowledge to the instructors,” said LeClair, who first came to Excelsior in 1988 as a nuclear industry adviser and was named dean in January 2010. “Those students bring a wealth of knowledge to our program … because they’re in the field every day, gaining experience.”…Read More