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Aiken Technical College to Offer Manufacturing and Nuclear Summer Programs to High School Students

(June 2, 2015, Aiken, SC) Students without a college or career plan can become more decisive during a three-week program designed to give students more options for their future.

The Manufacturing and Nuclear Institutes (MWI and NWI) are opportunities for high school juniors and seniors to gain an awareness of high-demand jobs, and learn various skills that will benefit them in the workplace in many professional fields. Visits to local manufacturing and nuclear sites are also included in the programs’ curriculums as students learn more about their options outside the classroom.

“I first heard about the NWI program from the guidance office at North Augusta High School,” said ATC Student Government Association Vice President Victoria Robins. “It was my senior year, and I still didn’t have any plans to go to college. I told myself, I might as well take advantage of this opportunity because I didn’t know what I was going to do after high school.”

Pursing her options, Robins said she signed up for the summer program to determine whether she wanted to seek a career in the nuclear or manufacturing industries, but still had no plans to attend college.

“The classes were interesting and fun, and I had to study, but I made As,” Robins said. “It was such a great experience, because it really gave me an actual option for college. I loved the experience and the faculty and staff. Everyone was so nice, and it made me want to come to college at ATC.”

And that’s just what Robins did. She enrolled at ATC and started on her path to success. During her time at the College, she was actively involved with the Student Government Association for several years, held an office as the vice president, and was awarded the Buck Grant Award in April 2015—the highest student honor at the College. Robins graduated on May 5 with three credentials—an Associate of Arts degree, a Certificate in General Studies, and a Certificate in Pre-Allied Health science—and is now pursuing a Bachelor’s degree at the University of South Carolina – Aiken.

“Enrolling in the NWI/MWI program really gave me the opportunity to get a plan and pursue it,” Robins said. “I didn’t choose a career in those areas, but it gave me an idea of what’s out there, and that I can go to college and make a future for myself.”

Classes for the MWI and NWI programs begin June 15 through July 2. For more information or to register, please contact the Enrollment Services Center at 803-508-7263 or contact Elizabeth Dykes at dykese@atc.edu or 803-508-7366.
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