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Aiken Technical College Capital Campaign Achieves $2 Million Fundraising Goal New Nuclear, Manufacturing Training Center to be Built Debt-Free

CEAM Building Rendering

PHOTO: Pictured is an architectural rendering of ATC’s Center for Energy and Advanced Manufacturing.


(February 10, 2015, Aiken, SC)  Through the support and generosity of community and industry partners, the Aiken Technical College Foundation officially has met its $2 million Putting Knowledge to Work capital campaign fundraising goal to support the construction of the Center for Energy and Advanced Manufacturing.
The $8.5 million, 36,000-square-foot advanced manufacturing facility currently under construction on the ATC campus will house the College’s mechatronics, welding, radiation protection technology and nuclear quality systems programs. 
“We are proud to announce the successful completion of the Putting Knowledge to Work capital campaign and we are so grateful to the many industry and community partners who recognized the value of this important facility and made the campaign’s success possible,” said ATC President Dr. Susan Winsor. “This facility, and the results of the campaign, are a reflection of our community’s commitment to the economic vitality of our region and the employability of our citizens.”
ATC launched the Putting Knowledge to Work capital campaign in 2012 to raise required matching funds after receiving a $2.6 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.  

Contributors to the Putting Knowledge to Work capital campaign represent a diverse cross-section of area employment sectors, including manufacturing, nuclear, healthcare, and business, as well as many private donor and civic organizations. 
The campaign’s largest contribution was generously donated by Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations and the Bridgestone Trust, which have collectively contributed $250,000 toward the Center for Energy and Advanced Manufacturing. 
In addition to the Putting Knowledge to Work campaign, ATC also received support from the Aiken County Legislative Delegation through a $2.445 million allocation secured for the Center during the 2012 legislative session.  The tremendous support from all avenues will allow ATC to build the new facility completely debt-free.
ATC held a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony for the new facility in July 2014 and began construction immediately. Construction has progressed steadily through the fall and spring, and the facility is on-schedule for completion in August 2015. 
“A skilled and well-trained workforce is the lifeblood of a community,” said Putting Knowledge to Work co-chair and director emeritus of the Aiken-Edgefield Economic Development Partnership Fred Humes.  “This new facility will not only provide a way for the citizens of Aiken County to obtain new skills or reach a new skill level, but will ensure that for decades to come, our manufacturers and businesses will have the best possible workforce.”
The Center for Energy and Advanced Manufacturing was designed by Greenville-based McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture and is being constructed by Augusta-based contracting firm R.W. Allen.  The facility will contain bays (labs), classrooms, a multi-use training space and faculty offices.  The building’s flexible design will allow for easy changeover between spaces to accommodate evolving training needs in the future. 
“The Putting Knowledge to Work capital campaign was a collaborative effort between many individuals, companies, and organizations in our community who came together to support the future of Aiken County,” said ATC Foundation Director Mary Commons.  “We thank all those who played a role in the success of the Putting Knowledge to Work campaign, including our co-chairs Mr. Fred Humes and Mr. Andrew Siders, our ATC Foundation Board of Trustees, our legislative delegation, community and industry partners and our dedicated faculty and staff.”

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