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Savannah River Site’s Contractor signs MOU with Denmark Technical College to Facilitate STEAM Opportunities

SRR President and Project Manager Tom Foster, right, signs à MOU with DTC Interim President Dr. Christopher Hall, left.

DENMARK, S.C. – Savannah River Site’s (SRS) liquid waste contractor Savannah River Remediation (SRR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Denmark Technical College (DTC), one of South Carolina’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities, to help students prepare for their future careers.

DTC provides a two-year program that allows for a mix of traditional and non-traditional students to attend programs that help them achieve their educational and career goals. SRR committed to help DTC by signing an MOU, outlining its commitment to the school.

SRR is charged with remediating over 35 million gallons of radioactive liquid waste stored in 43 one-million-gallon capacity storage tanks and operationally closing the waste tanks. The highly technical work to accomplish the SRR mission requires a workforce who is educated in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM).

Technical schools like DTC are an asset to SRR because they offer STEAM-related programs, such as Computer Technology, Welding, and Engineering Technology, among others, which give graduates the skills for future employment.

SRR plans to facilitate opportunities for students per the agreement by hiring students into its summer intern program, comparing various DTC programs curriculums to industry needs, providing mentoring opportunities, and identifying students to be considered for SRR jobs.

As an advocate for STEAM-focused education, SRR President and Project Manager Tom Foster signed the MOU on behalf of SRR.

“Education is one of the best ways a person can improve his or her quality of life,” said Foster. “By facilitating educational and career advancement opportunities, we are helping members of our community reach their potential, while ensuring SRR continues to lay the groundwork for future work opportunities.”

About Denmark Technical College

Denmark Technical College (DTC) is a public, comprehensive, Historically Black, two-year technical college located in rural Bamberg County in South Carolina. The college annually serves approximately 2,000 credit and continuing education students, a mix of traditional, non traditional, full-time and part-time. Denmark Technical College is the only technical college in the State of South Carolina with on-campus housing. For more information, visit www.denmarktech.edu.

About Savannah River Remediation

Savannah River Remediation (SRR) is a team of companies led by AECOM with partners Bechtel National, Jacobs, and BWX Technologies, Inc. Critical subcontractors for the contract are Orano, Atkins, and AECOM N&E Technical Solutions. For more information, visit www.srremediation.com.

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