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Volume I, Issue 2 | Page 1 Augusta Technical College

Winter 2012

The neutron because nuclear matters

Welcome! The Neutron is a quarterly newsletter that focuses on all things nuclear.

look inside Growing Our Own, Mindy Mets Nuclear Academy Big News for Vogtle Spotlight on... Kristin Zaitz NET Applications Check it Out! Featured Recipe: Chili Book Scholarship Good Luck, Class of 2012! Be Featured!

#3 Principle for a strong nuclear Safety culture Trust permeates the organization. There is free flow of information in which issues are raised and addressed. Employees are informed of steps taken in response to their concerns.

Growing our own

By: Mindy Mets Nuclear Workforce Initiative program manager SRS Community Reuse organization The SRS Community Reuse Organization’s (SRSCRO) Nuclear Workforce Initiative (NWI®) is actively working to promote and expand nuclear workforce development capabilities throughout our communities. We are working to “Grow Our Own through Collaboration®” by building integrated partnerships between nuclear employers and educational and training entities in our geographic area. Our focus is to ensure that people of our greater region have the opportunity to develop the skills needed for the nuclear jobs in our region.

nuclear units at the V.C. Summer Station. The first new unit is scheduled to begin operation in 2016 followed by the second unit in 2019.

After all, this is a region with tremendous nuclear expertise! With some 11,000 workers, the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site is the major nuclear employer in the two-state region of South Carolina and Georgia. In fact, only WalMart employs more people in the State of South Carolina.

Five colleges in our two-state region are expanding academic programs to meet critical future and current needs for the industry through an unprecedented collaborative effort facilitated through the SRSCRO NWI®. The new nuclear related programs are being created under a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.

At nearby Plant Vogtle, one of three Georgia nuclear stations operated by Southern Company, preparations for two new nuclear reactors are well underway with plans to begin commercial operation of Unit 3 in 2016 and Unit 4 in 2017. They will join Units 1 and 2 which have been contributing reliably to our region’s electric needs since the late 1980s.

The developing programs serve both nuclear and other high-tech industry sectors. Training programs under development at each institution include:

And, in South Carolina, SCE&G and Santee Cooper are building two additional

It takes remarkable expertise to support the nuclear industry in our region and the variety of jobs includes technicians, craft workers, engineers and professionals. A study conducted by the SRSCRO indicates that nearly 10,000 new nuclear workers will be needed in the region over the next decade. A majority of these jobs are not “today’s jobs.” However, these jobs will gradually become part of our future economic fabric based on the projected growth of the nuclear industry in our region. Many of the jobs will be filled by individuals who are in middle school and high school today.

Augusta Technical College Development and implementation of an Associate of Applied Science in Chemical Technology program and a specialized nuclear advisement program Continued on page 2...

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Growing our own By: Mindy Mets

Augusta State University Development and implementation of nuclear science tracks in chemistry and physics degree programs Aiken Technical College Development and implementation of an Associate of Applied Science in Nuclear Quality System program and advanced welding courses University of South Carolina Aiken Development and implementation of a specialized biology degree in environmental remediation and restoration University of South Carolina Salkehatchie Expansion of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics course work in the Salkehatchie region These new programs involve industry partners and are in addition to the region’s nuclear training programs already established such as the Nuclear Engineering Technology program at Augusta Technical College. To learn more about the Nuclear Workforce Initiative check out and look for the Nuclear Workforce Initiative tab. Mindy Mets is the Nuclear Workforce Initiative Program Manager for the SRS Community Reuse Organization.

Big News for Vogtle On February 9, 2012, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approved the construction and operating license of two new reactors, Vogtle 3 and 4. This decision marks the first NRC construction license since 1978. The license will lead to the construction of the AP1000, a 1,100-megawatt, electric, pressurized-water reactor. Vogtle is the first site in the United States to build the AP1000. Get full coverage at

NWI Nuclear Academy May 7 - June 7, 2012

This summer, Augusta Technical College will host a five week Nuclear Academy. The project is a partnership between the college, Richmond/Burke Job Training Authority, and East Central Georgia Workforce Development Consortium. The academy will introduce 24 participants to careers in nuclear energy and help them consider furthering their education through college. The program is at no extra cost to participants. Applications are due February 29, 2012. Opportunities:  Learn about careers and college programs in the nuclear industry  Receive hands-on assistance in choosing a college major  Utilize career exploration assessments and counseling  Gain valuable employability and life skills training (team building, stress management, diversity in the college/workplace, effective interviewing, etc.)  Obtain 10HR OSHA card and CPR/First Aid card  Earn a Work Ready Certificate Eligibility:  Must have High School Diploma/GED  Must be 18—21 years old  Must meet WIA eligibility requirements  Must not be currently enrolled in college. Richmond County residents interested in applying should call Richmond/Burke Job Training Authority Youth Services at (706) 721-1858; in Burke County, call (706) 437-6906; and in other counties served by East Central Georgia Consortium, call (706) 5958941. Academy Information: Andrew Jefferson, Academy Coordinator Augusta Technical College 706-771-4018 Consuela Carter, Academy Career Coach Augusta Technical College 706-771-4131

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Winter 2012

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Spotlight on…Kristin Zaitz

Civil Engineer, Diablo Canyon power Plant By: Melissa Foster, Academic Advisor Kristin Zaitz works for Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) at the Diablo Canyon Plant in Avila Beach, CA. She graduated from California Polytechnic State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering. Her responsibilities include seismic and structural analysis, structural condition monitoring, and technical project management. Zaitz currently serves as the Vice President for North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NA-YGN) and will continue her involvement next August as President of the organization. What brought you to the nuclear industry? I started working at a nuclear power plant as a summer intern. When I was in school, I never thought of the nuclear industry as a place for a civil engineer. However, now that I’m here, I see there are a variety of opportunities for me. How does civil engineering play a role in the nuclear industry? Civil engineers are needed to perform structural analyses, among other things. They are responsible for ensuring a power plant’s structures, systems, and components can withstand loading due to postulated plant events or environmental conditions (hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis). What are some of the challenging aspects of working in nuclear? One challenge is the long hours. A power plant never sleeps, so the plant staff needs to be available at any hour to support the plant. This is not a 9:00-5:00 job. The long hours are not always a bad thing—you definitely develop camaraderie with your fellow co-workers. As a civil engineer, what has most surprised you about the industry? I’m surprised how my attitude has changed towards nuclear from the beginning of my career until now. When I was first hired, I did not plan to make a career in nuclear. I didn’t know much about nuclear energy. The little information I knew was from anti-nuclear

groups. Now that I have worked in the industry, I know how a nuclear plant works and support nuclear as a safe, reliable, and emissions-free source of energy. What is the most exciting aspect of working in nuclear? I am most excited about the young generation entering into the workforce. The membership of NA-YGN is a diverse community of young people from various jobs, backgrounds, and locations across the industry. I would encourage any young professional in nuclear to consider connecting to our organization. Why should young people consider a career in nuclear? The nuclear industry offers exciting career opportunities for a wide variety of technical and non-technical backgrounds—engineering, science, business, communications, trades, etc. This is a big draw for me. I know I have the opportunity to get experience outside of my original academic program. Just for fun, fill in the blanks: Winter would not be complete without…a snowboarding trip or two, or three, or four… My favorite thing to do on the weekend is… relax, or take a long run. When I visit a coffee shop, my drink of choice is a… cappuccino. Only on special occasions, though. Normally, I’m a make-your-own coffee type of person. If you would like more information about connecting to NA-YGN, please visit the website at

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Winter 2012

The Neutron

NET Applications

Featured recipe: Chili

The Nuclear Engineering Technology (NET) application deadline for Fall 2012 has been extended to March 15, 2012 . Prospective NET students must have their application, official transcripts, and placement testing requirement completed by this date to qualify for priority consideration. Interested applicants can visit the NET website at For specific inquires, contact Melissa Foster, Academic Advisor, at


Due march 15, 2012

Check it out! Nuclear Website

Each issue of The Neutron will feature a different nuclear website. This issue features Pop Atomic Studios. This website is dedicated to increasing public support for nuclear through original artwork and Public Service Announcements. The organization hopes to educate young people on the benefits of nuclear energy and develop relationships with industry partners.

Submitted by anne noble 1 lb. ground turkey 1 lb. ground beef 1 onion 1 bell pepper 2 cloves garlic 1 can black beans (drained) 1 can pinto beans (drained) 1 can kidney beans (drained) 1 can chili beans (undrained) 4 cans petite diced tomatoes 2 tbsp. chopped jalapeno peppers ½ tsp. cayenne pepper 2 tsp. cumin 2 tbsp. chili powder Salt and pepper Tomato juice (optional) Instructions:

Chop onion and bell pepper. Sauté both in olive oil until translucent. Add crushed garlic. Remove from pan and put into a large pot. Brown ground beef and turkey in pan until cooked. Add to onion and bell pepper. Add tomatoes, beans, seasonings and cook on low heat for 2 hours stirring often. Once cooked, add tomato juice to make chili the consistency you want. If desired, you can add uncooked macaroni noodles and cook until noodles are done.

Book Scholarship On November 16th, Southern Company donated a book scholarship to each NET student in the Class of 2013. Students from both classes, college staff, and industry staff had an opportunity to participate in the program. A reception followed the scholarship ceremony. Keep up the good work, Class of 2013!

The Neutron’s Next Top Feature! Submit your feature in The Neutron (article, website, comic, recipe, etc.) to Melissa Foster at

Good Luck on your last Semester, NET Class of 2012 ! “Paths clear for those who know where they’re going and are determined to get there.” —Anonymous

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