AREVA Celebrates Benefits of Nuclear Energy During National Nuclear Science Week
October 25, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C., October 25, 2013 – During the 2013 U.S. National Nuclear Science Week, AREVA mobilized its employees across the country to support public outreach and understanding of the importance of nuclear science and technology. National Nuclear Science Week, observed this year from Oct. 21-25, is a celebration of nuclear science that aims to educate the community about the benefits and contributions of the nuclear industry.
“As a world leader in the nuclear industry, AREVA plays an active role in advancing the dialogue about the importance of nuclear power and nuclear technology,” said Mike Rencheck, president and CEO, AREVA Inc. “Outreach activities such as National Nuclear Science Week are aimed at building the workforce vital to tomorrow’s clean energy economy. We intend our participation in activities over the past week to spark additional interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to inspire our industry’s next generation of leaders.”
In partnership with utility customers, universities and community organizations, AREVA participated in a wide variety of local activities at many of its 40 U.S. locations. These included a Cub Scout and Girl Scout workshop and a workforce development day in Aiken, S.C.; visits by Nuclear Clean Air Energy IndyCar driver Simona De Silvestro to Lynchburg, Va., and Augusta, Ga.; and public screenings of the film “Pandora’s Promise” accompanied by dialogue about nuclear power and climate change in Aiken, S.C., Richland, Wash., and Lynchburg, Va.
AREVA regularly offers opportunities for dialogue promoting greater awareness of nuclear power and the industry’s commitment to putting safety first and foremost in plant operation and support. In addition to National Nuclear Science Week activities, AREVA sponsors the No. 78 Nuclear Clean Air Energy IndyCar and offers workforce training through formal partnerships with universities and community colleges, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Energy and Production Infrastructure Center (EPIC). AREVA also organizes internships for high school students through the Central Virginia Community College Summer High School Apprenticeship Program.
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