Savannah River Nuclear Solutions announced Tuesday that it has pledged $150,000 to Aiken Technical College's nuclear training center.


SRNS donated $50,000 and pledged another $100,000 toward the construction of the ATC Center for Energy and Advanced Manufacturing.


“This new, state-of-the-art facility will allow the college's programs to grow and continue to meet the needs of this region's workforce,” said Susan Winsor, president of ATC. “SRNS' generosity and thoughtfulness with our latest capital campaign will help many students achieve their goal of higher education and become productive members of our community.”


To date, the college has raised more than $1 million toward the $2 million needed to complete a monetary matching grant offered by the U.S. Economic Development Administration to help build the new facility that will initially provide classes in radiation protection technology, nuclear quality systems, welding and mechatronics.


Since SRNS became the operating and management contractor at the Savannah River Site in 2008, more than $100,000 has been donated to ATC, the company said.


“A large percentage of the skills and knowledge needed by our workforce coincides with the classes and degrees offered by ATC to students throughout the greater Aiken-Augusta area,” said Dwayne Wilson, SRNS president and CEO. “We fully acknowledge that helping ATC improves the overall quality of our workforce. It's definitely a synergistic and mutually beneficial partnership that we highly value and will continue to support.”