The Times West Virginian

January 19, 2013

Partnership boosts Pierpont program

Simulation-based technology used in power plants available for students

By Kaylyn Christopher
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Pierpont Community & Technical College’s power plant program recently entered into a partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory’s Advanced Energy Simulation Training and Research team and the West Virginia University Research Corp. on behalf of the WVU National Research Center for Coal and Energy.

A two-year memorandum of understanding was signed which will provide the program’s students with access to simulation-based technology that will enhance their training.

“We started with two years because we want to see how well it works,” Power Plant Technology Program Director Douglas Furr said. “If it works well and the technology takes off, we could continue to use it.” 

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