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Aiken Tech nuclear training project gets funding pledge

Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 11:29 AM
Last updated Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 1:11 AM
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Aiken Technical College’s planned Center for Energy & Advanced Manufacturing got its third major funding boost in as many months with a $100,000 pledge from Shaw AREVA MOX Services.

The facility, expected to cost about $8 million, will support the college’s growing radiation protection technology, nuclear quality systems, welding and mechatronics programs.

“We are extremely grateful for Shaw AREVA MOX Services’ generosity, and proud that this contribution toward our new facility demonstrates a confidence in the value of the training that will take place within it,” said Aiken Technical College president Susan Winsor.

Shaw AREVA MOX Services is the contractor building the government’s mixed oxide fuel facility at Savannah River Site. The MOX plant will help dispose of surplus weapons grade plutonium by blending it into fuel for commercial power reactors.

The center received a $2 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, which requires a $2 million match from other sources.

In addition to the newest pledge from Shaw, the project also received $150,000 in pledges and contributions last month from Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, the management contractor at SRS; and a $60,000 pledge from SRS security contractor WSI.

The Aiken Technical College Foundation will continue its “Putting Knowledge to Work” capital campaign launched in September to seek community and industry support for the new facility.


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