A longtime contributor to the Savannah River Site and the current liquid waste contractor are the latest to contribute funds to Aiken Technical College’s plans to educate the future nuclear workforce.


The URS Corporation and subsidiary Savannah River Remediation, the liquid waste contractor at SRS, recently contributed $50,000 each toward the construction of ATC’s Center for Energy and Advanced Manufacturing.


The new facility will support the college’s growing radiation protection technology, nuclear quality systems, welding and mechatronics programs, according to ATC.


“Contributions like the ones from URS and Savannah River Remediation will allow Aiken Technical College to continue to provide the very best training to our citizens in the areas of nuclear energy and advanced manufacturing,” said ATC President Dr. Susan Winsor. “The college sincerely appreciates the generosity demonstrated by these two companies, as well as their ongoing support and confidence in Aiken Technical College’s ability to continue providing the industry with a highly trained workforce.


Capital contributions will allow Aiken Technical College to build and equip the proposed facility with cutting-edge training tools aimed at meeting the needs of local industry.


“URS understands and appreciates the breadth of training services provided by Aiken Technical College,” said David Pethick, general manager for URS Global Management and Operations Services, located in Aiken. “Adding a state-of-the-art facility to aid in the nuclear training of the future workforce means companies such as ours have an opportunity to employ well-trained workers. Aiken Technical College is to be commended for their continued leadership role in supporting the nuclear industry.”


Aiken Technical College received a $2 million Economic Development Administration grant in 2012 to build the $8 million Center for Energy and Advanced Manufacturing, with a $2 million dollar-for-dollar match requirement from private sources. The foundation reports that more than $1.6 million has now been raised toward the match goal.


“As Savannah River Remediation successfully performs its mission to safely reduce the risk of high-level waste at the Savannah River Site, we will have a continuing need for trained and qualified nuclear workers,” said SRR President and Project Manager David Olson. “I am proud that SRR can play a key role in assisting Aiken Technical College on its journey to find ways to continue to improve its training for our future workforce.”


The Aiken Technical College Foundation kicked off its Putting Knowledge to Work capital campaign in September 2012 to seek community and industry contributions for the new facility.


Management and operations contractor Savannah River Nuclear Solutions and security contractor WSI-SRS have also contributed to the campaign.