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Augusta Technical College receives $264,000 to establish Nuclear Science Apprenticeship Program

Augusta Technical College announced the receipt of a grant Monday, Oct. 30 for the establishment of a nuclear science apprenticeship program.

The college received a $264,000 Apprenticeships for Economic Recovery Grant from the Office of Workforce Development, according to a news release from Augusta Tech.

This initiative marks a significant step forward in supporting the economic recovery post-pandemic by investing in workforce development, the release said.

The apprenticeship grant has been created to provide essential funding for eligible Registered Apprenticeship Programs throughout the state. These programs have been carefully designed to contribute to the economic recovery process. The grant is set to play a crucial role in enhancing the skills and employability of individuals during these challenging times.

The grant will assist up to 60 apprentices and will cover a wide range of expenses, such as tuition, fees, books, tools, supplies and assessments associated with both related technical instruction and on-the-job learning.

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions will serve as apprenticeship sponsor, demonstrating a commitment to investing in the local workforce.

Augusta Technical College and the SRS Apprenticeship School will partner to offer the Nuclear Operator apprenticeship program to help build the workforce pipeline for nuclear operators at Savannah River Site (SRS). This pipeline supports Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS), Savannah River Mission Completion (SRMC) and Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL).

“The SRS apprenticeship School is excited to expand our existing technical school partnerships to include Augusta Technical College,” said Dr. Dorian G. Newton, Deputy Director of Site Training at the Savannah River Site, in the release. “Through this new partnership we hope to better provide apprenticeship opportunities that improve access and success for diverse populations in both Georgia and South Carolina which lead to new, challenging lifelong careers.”

Students will complete 530 hours of classwork and 480 hours of on-the-job training bi-monthly until completion of the program. Apprentices will study mechanical science, electrical science, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and process control. The program will begin in January 2024 with a cohort of twenty students, setting the stage for a bright future and a robust recovery for the state’s economy.

This initiative underscores the Office of Workforce Development’s dedication to facilitating economic recovery by empowering individuals and strengthening the workforce. The Apprenticeships for Economic Recovery Grant is a significant step towards achieving that goal.

“We are excited to receive the AER Grant funds from the Office of Workforce Development, which is essential for student success in the apprenticeship program. The apprenticeship program provides an excellent opportunity for students to gain on-the-job training and establish a clear path toward a successful career in the nuclear industry,” Julie Langham, Vice President of Economic Development at Augusta Technical College, said in the release.

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