Augusta Tech named winner in Georgia STEM Education Awards

Augusta Tech named winner in Georgia STEM Education Awards

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Augusta Technical College has been named the postsecondary outreach category winner for the 2014 Georgia STEM Education Awards.

The 2014 Georgia STEM Education Awards recognizes schools, programs and companies for outstanding efforts and achievements in supporting and promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education in Georgia.

"Augusta Technical College has been collaborating with multiple nuclear partners and local high and middle schools to develop and implement an energy workforce pipeline in the Central Savannah River Area," said Bob Collins, department head for the nuclear engineering technology program.

"An increased focus has been placed on producing a well-trained nuclear workforce in STEM-related careers," Collins said. "The purpose of this multifaceted collaboration is to broadly impact middle and high school students to select careers with a STEM focus within the nuclear industry."

Through the partnership, students are acquiring an associate degree, a nationally-recognized nuclear industry certificate and a career in the STEM field, Collins said.

Entrants competed in eight different categories in the statewide event, and the winners were announced during a special awards gala on Sept. 26 in Savannah.