The renewed memorandum, signed Sept. 28, continues a partnership that includes internships and mentoring programs between SRR and Denmark Tech, S.C.’s only historically Black technical college. Denmark Tech provides students with internships in areas including welding, training and nursing, while SRR provides transportation for students to the site as well as recommendations to improve Denmark Teach’s STEAM curriculum and “boot camps” to prepare students for industrial and nuclear work environments.
“The fruit from this partnership can be seen in the good work completed by the students who come to work at SRR,” Mark Schmitz, SRR COO and deputy project manager, said in a news release. “Together, we are bringing improvements to both organizations that will support our future workforce.”
The two organizations signed the original memorandum in 2019. The renewed agreement will be effective until September 2022 or the Department of Energy names a replacement contractor for the liquid waste project, according to the release.
“Our partnership has opened doors for our students, helping them to forge onwards towards successful STEM careers,” Denmark Tech President Willie L. Todd Jr. said. “There aren’t enough words to express our appreciation for the commitment and investment SRR has made to our students. We are working diligently to provide access to our students and the citizens of rural South Carolina.”
SRR is a team of companies led by Amentum with partners Bechtel National, Jacobs, and BWX Technologies Inc. Subcontractors are Orano, Atkins, and Amentum N&E Technical Services.
Located in Bamberg County, Denmark Tech serves more than 500 students and offers associates degrees and a four-year college transfer program.