The Savannah River Site’s management and operations contractor recently inked an Agreement of Understanding with Augusta Technical College and Georgia Power in support of the Nuclear Engineering Technology Program at Augusta Tech.

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, or SRNS, has been recognized as an industry partner of the college and the energy company.

More than 75 students have graduated since the inception of the program, and most are working at Georgia Power’s Plant Vogtle and SRNS facilities at the Savannah River Site, according to a press release.

SRNS President and CEO Carol Johnson said partnerships among the three entities have existed long before the signing.

“We have a long history of working closely with and supporting Augusta Technical College,” Johnson said. “We’re pleased that all involved will greatly benefit from this agreement.”

The Engineering Technology programs at Augusta Tech are high-tech, associate degree programs that prepare graduates for careers in plant maintenance and operations, according to the press release.

Officials said the knowledge students gain will aid them at commercial nuclear facilities, such as Georgia Power’s Plant Vogtle, Department of Energy nuclear facilities and other related nuclear support companies.

Augusta Tech instructor Bob Collins said the agreement is a win-win for the college, SRNS and Georgia Power.

“Most importantly, it’s a win for the community because local people are placed in local jobs,” Collins said.

Vogtle official Jeff Gasser added, “This partnership is another step forward to provide our future workforce the tools and the skills they need to prepare them for the challenges of tomorrow.”

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions is a Fluor-led company whose members – Fluor Federal Services, Newport News Nuclear and Honeywell – are responsible for the management and operations of the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site.

Derrek Asberry is a beat reporter with the Aiken Standard.