In an ongoing effort to keep its neighbors informed and educated about the Savannah River Site, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions recently hosted an annual, industry-specific development forum aimed at training young leaders and build their knowledge.

The class is known as the Carolinas’ Nuclear Cluster’s Leadership Energy Carolinas. A new LEC class is sponsored each year. The CNC is a consortium of industry, education and nonprofits working to support nuclear and economic development in the Carolinas, according to the organization.

“Hosting (the LEC class) provides us an opportunity to educate our nuclear neighbors on the vast capabilities and incredible knowledge SRS has to offer our region and the nation,” said Fred Dohse, SRNS executive vice president and chief operations officer. “We hope these types of opportunities will strengthen our network of advocates and plant the seed for future partnerships.”

SRS served as a stop during the class’ fourth and final 2012 session. The group included participants from Aiken Technical College, AREVA, Duke Energy, Fluor, Midlands Tech, RCS Nuclear, Salem Tools, Savannah River National Laboratory, SRNS, SCANA, Shaw, Toshiba, URS, Westinghouse, York Tech and Zachry Nuclear.

While at SRS, LEC was briefed on the history, current mission and Enterprise SRS vision for the site. A construction tour of the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility was provided, followed by a tour of the Defense Waste Processing Facility. The group wrapped up the day with an explanation of SRS’ role involving national security, the National Center for Radioecology, SRNL and the National Lab System, and the Defense Nuclear Facility Safety Board.