NEW A.S. Degree in Substation & Relay Technology at LSSC Aims at Powering Students’ Future

On July 11, Lake Sumter State College will host an open house for its new Relay Protection Engineering
Technology A.S. degree program opening this fall. The program has strong support from regional utility partners, local industry, and community partners.  Dr. Marilyn Barger, executive director of FLATE and Dr. Richard Gilbert, P.I. and professor of chemical engineering at the University of South Florida visited the new program at LSSC's Sumterville campus last week to tour the new state-of-the-art facilities and visit the program team. 

The new lab facilities at LSSC includes a training substation with an array of transformer control panels and a laboratory with many simulated control panels with both traditional analog and emerging digital control devices. A dedicated classroom for the program rounds out the program space. The Sumterville campus of LSSC is also the home of the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S) and certificates in electrical distribution technology. Both the certificates and degrees of the two energy programs articulate into Duke Energy’s apprentice programs for utility workers. Regional energy cooperatives, municipal utilities and their contractors all will participate in student work experience programs providing some on-the-job training for enrolled students. The nearest similar program, Electric Utility Substation & Relay Technology A.S. degree, is in Richmond, NC. Lake Sumter State College looks forward to becoming a hub for regional electrical substation and relay technicians in Florida.

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