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AREVA Inc. Donates $10,000 to Expand Local Students’ Access to Science and Technology

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February 26, 2015

Learn more about CVGS's STEM programs

Gathered for the donation are CVGS students who have interned with AREVA or have parents at AREVA, Craig Ranson, AREVA Inc chief operating officer (left of check), and several CVGS graduates and parents who work for AREVA.

LYNCHBURG, Va., February 25, 2015 – As part of its National Engineers Week celebration, AREVA Inc. presented the Central Virginia Governor’s School for Science and Technology (CVGS) with a $10,000 donation. The CVGS Foundation supports access to advanced technology, unique research projects, trips to university research laboratories and state-level symposiums, student recognition programs, and scholarships for graduating students. This is the sixth consecutive year that AREVA has supported CVGS with a donation to its science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs.

“AREVA is all about ‘Forward-looking Energy,’” said AREVA Inc. chief operating officer Craig Ranson. “It’s crucial to the future success of our business to continue our commitment and support of the local community, and maintain a focus on STEM education programs like the Governor’s School.”

More than 100 students and CVGS faculty attended the presentation by Ranson this morning at the school.

“We are delighted that AREVA is able to invest in the Governor's School program again this year,” said Dr. Stephen Smith, director of the Central Virginia Governor’s School. “Their donations to the CVGS Foundation make meaningful differences for our students, and their leadership in our fund raising is even more important as we celebrate our 30th anniversary and make plans to continue to provide engaging STEM opportunities for students across this region for the next 30 years.”

AREVA Inc. is a proud supporter of National Engineers Week, which takes place this week, Feb. 22-28. During this week, AREVA highlights the significant contributions our employees make to the engineering field and their efforts to help prepare tomorrow’s engineers by making STEM education more prevalent and accessible. In addition to presenting this donation to CVGS, AREVA employees are volunteering over the next week at schools in Bedford County, Campbell County and Lynchburg City to talk to students about engineering and technology careers.

Partnerships with schools and organizations like CVGS are part of the company’s commitment to STEM education and to the Lynchburg area, which is home to more than 1,400 AREVA Inc. employees and their families.

“These students and others like them will be the ones who help solve energy challenges for the U.S. in the not too distant future,” said Teresa Weinmeister, Lynchburg site communications manager at AREVA. “At AREVA, we believe it’s our responsibility to foster the next generation of leaders and energy-literate citizens by providing support to STEM programs like those at the Governor’s School.”

Learn more about CVGS's STEM programs

AREVA employees also attended the presentation (front row, left to right): Jeff Brown, CVGS parent, Steven Lobb, CVGS graduate, Ted Kraje, CVGS graduate and current parent, and John Adams, CVGS graduate.

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