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Georgia Southern University students tour Plant Vogtle for Nuclear Science Week

BURKE COUNTY, GA (WFXG) -

It's Nuclear Science Week and Plant Vogtle is showing students that there's a lot more to nuclear power than a degree in engineering.

Joel Leopard spoke to students from Georgia Southern University about what kinds of jobs the plant offers. While engineers are the backbone of Vogtle, the facility also needs electricians, mechanics, IT and public relations.

"If you're interested in science, engineering, technology, math--maybe these are things that you should be thinking about when you go from high school into your university studies," communications specialist Joel Leopard said.

Craig Ward, president of the society of manufacturing engineers at GSU, says Vogtle is a bit of an open window as far as employment possibilities.

"I really think it's just a good opportunity for all. It's like a little town out here, so I think there's a little bit for everyone," Ward said.

Joseph Lugo is a mechanical engineering major at GSU and said it was nice to be able to put what he learned in books into perspective.

"It's a whole different feeling that you get from being in the classroom to seeing things in real life," Lugo said. "So, it's really interesting to make that connection."

And making that connection brings everything full circle for Leopard.

"Bringing them here and being able to show them the awesomeness that is nuclear power, nuclear energy," he said.

Students from Evans High School will be invited on the tour tomorrow, followed by Lakeside High School on Wednesday, and then Plant Vogtle will round things out with students from Augusta University on Thursday.

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