University Health Care System in Augusta recently contributed $50,000 to Aiken Technical College toward the construction of the Center for Energy and Advanced Manufacturing.


The proposed building will support the college's growing radiation protection technology, nuclear quality systems, welding and mechatronics programs.


“University Hospital's contribution marks another step toward making the Center for Energy and Advanced Manufacturing a reality, and we are very thankful for their support,” said ATC President Dr. Susan Winsor. “This facility will train our local workforce to fill the highly skilled, high-paying jobs being created throughout the CSRA, and will provide countless benefits for our region as a whole.”


The facility will assist in the creation of new jobs, not only in the nuclear and manufacturing industries, but throughout business sectors such as retail, banking, health care and others.


“University Health Care System is honored to again partner with and support Aiken Technical College in its innovative expansion efforts,” said James R. Davis, president/CEO of University Health Care System. “Just as we worked together in the past to create programs to better educate and prepare health care professionals, University is excited to help make this new facility a reality. It will serve as a tremendous community and regional asset, while supporting University's mission of keeping the community well through its radiation protection component.”


Aiken Tech received a $2 million grant earlier this year from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to build the $8 million Center for Energy and Advanced Manufacturing, but the grant required a $2 million match from alternate sources.


In September, ATC's Foundation officially kicked off its Putting Knowledge to Work capital campaign to seek contributions for the new facility that will replace the college's current deteriorating, outdated manufacturing and nuclear training facilities. The new facility will allow the college to continue providing top-of-the-line training to area citizens in the advanced manufacturing and energy sectors.


Thus far, the college has received more than $1.6 million toward its $2 million goal thanks to capital contributions from industry and community partners.