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Donation to Augusta Tech will help prepare nuclear workers

Thursday, Aug 23, 2012 4:17 PM
Last updated 7:48 PM
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Georgia Power and Southern Nuclear are donating $15,000 to Augusta Technical College to support the school’s Nuclear Engineering Technology Program.

The companies, both subsidiaries of Southern Co., are building the nation’s first new nuclear units in 30 years at Plant Vogtle, where specially trained workers will be needed to operate and maintain the new units.

The donation, to be made at the school Friday morning, will help buy new computers for the school’s Nuclear Uniform Curriculum Program that helps train Vogtle workers.

“This program brings together industry and education, and the partnership helps our communities prepare for careers in the nuclear industry,” said Nora Swanson, Southern Nuclear’s workforce development coordinator.

The construction of Vogtle units 3 and 4 is among the state’s largest job producing projects and will involve as many as 5,000 workers at the peak of construction. The completed units will require a workforce of about 800; about 250 of those workers are already being trained.

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