For the second quarter of 2017, Southern Nuclear (a subsidiary of Southern Company No. 44 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list) headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., donated over $22,000 to schools and programs in the communities where it operates. Including the 2017 first quarter donations of nearly $34,000, the company’s mid-year contributions to community organizations total approximately $56,000.
“One of our top priorities is to be a great asset to our communities,” said Steve Kuczynski, president and CEO of Southern Nuclear. “We want residents to feel that our presence enhances their quality of life and makes our communities stronger. We also support educational programs for local youth, who we hope will be part of our future workforce.”
Southern Nuclear’s charitable giving program has four focus areas: health and human services; education; civic, cultural and community; and environmental. Applications are sponsored by company employees and reviewed monthly by the charitable giving committee.
Employees from Plant Vogtle presented a $4,500 check to Augusta Technical College for the purchase of new computers for the Nuclear Engineering Technology program.
“Our primary partner, Southern Nuclear, has been intimately involved with the Nuclear Engineering Technology program from the very beginning with oversight support, technical subject matter expertise, recruitment activities and equipment resources,” said NET Department Head Robert Collins. “Their recent donation is just one of many ways that Southern Nuclear and Plant Vogtle have supported the program on an ongoing basis.”
When plans to expand Plant Vogtle were first announced nearly ten years ago, Georgia Power and Southern Nuclear leadership recognized the need to ensure the availability of qualified workers. This resulted in the company partnering with Augusta Technical College to develop and implement the two-year NET program.