Claflin University has entered into a partnership with Savannah River Remediation to encourage and promote student careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) areas.
With the partnership, Savannah River Remediation (SRR) and Claflin will collaborate to provide students internships, mentoring and other job training activities. SRR will also consider funding 10 scholarships and/or critical STEM-related equipment on an annual basis based on assessments by their engineers and executives.
The two organizations will also identify a single Six Sigma Black Belt project on campus where SRR employees will train and advise a Claflin team on how to effectively implement Six Sigma practices. Six Sigma practices are a set of quality control and efficiency protocols commonly used in business and industry.
President Dr. Henry N. Tisdale hailed the agreement, which was signed in early December, as a key cog in recruiting students and training faculty.
“This will make a significant difference in the workforce especially in the STEM areas,” said President Dr. Henry N. Tisdale. “The overall goal of this visionary partnership is to graduate students who are better prepared to practice their craft.”
SRR President David Olsen said it was an “exciting time when industry and academia partner together for the betterment of the workforce.” Olsen said the partnership was a holistic approach toward addressing needs in his industry.
Other aspects of the partnership include participation in a career development seminar on campus for the next two years. It will also allow for one-on-one mentoring between Claflin students and SRR employees. Claflin faculty and students will tour SRR facilities to discover research possibilities and job opportunities for upcoming graduates.
SRR is the liquid waste management firm in charge of remediating nuclear material from the Savannah River Site, a U.S. Department of Energy nuclear refinement installation located in Aiken, Allendale and Barnwell Counties.