Savannah River Mission Completion, the liquid waste contractor at the Savannah River Site, is ushering in a new era of work with South Carolina State University in Orangeburg through a new partnership.
SMRC plans to work with the historically Black university to provide Capstone projects for their students to learn more about the company and its programs, according to a news release.
The first project, taking place during the spring semesters, asks students to produce communication and training materials on diversity, equity and inclusion that they see as necessary for employees at SMRC.
SRMC also recently presented $10,000 to S.C. State to fund a scholarship, and SMRC president and program manager Dave Olson also is presenting a “College to Careers” talk to help students understand that personal core values and their own self-discovery for a future career are as important as technical knowledge.
Olson said his goal is to see the students succeed, which includes creating a pipeline of students who could work at the Savannah River Site.
“SRMC’s mission to safely treat and dispose of radioactive liquid waste and close waste tanks needs hands and brains of students who can work to find even better ways we can meet the goals of the Department of Energy,” Olson said. “This partnership with S.C. State gives us a real opportunity to find students who want a challenging and rewarding career.”
S.C. State President Alexander Conyers said relationships with corporate partners are important to the students’ development.
“We are giving these students a taste of the world beyond their experience in higher education,” Conyers said. “This work with SRMS will help them face a real-world challenge, develop their own understanding of that challenge and propose potential solutions that adhere to business standards. We are grateful to SRMC for their support and offering our students such opportunities for growth.”
SRMC comprises parent company BMX Technologies Inc. with partners Amentum and Fluor. Its team brings is responsible for accelerating the cleanup at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site.