SRR renews agreement with Denmark Technical College

October 16, 2020, 7:01AMRadwaste Solutions

From left: Denmark Technical College president and CEO Willie Todd, Jr. gives SRR chief operating officer and deputy project manager Mark Schmitz and SRR president and project manager Phil Breidenbach a tour of a student lab.

Savannah River Remediation (SRR), the liquid waste contractor at the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site, signed a memorandum of understanding on October 7 with Denmark Technical College (DTC), one of South Carolina’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).

SRR signed an original MOU with DTC in 2019. The new MOU is effective through September 2021.

The signing: SRR president and project manager Phil Breidenbach joined with school president and chief executive officer Willie Todd, Jr. in signing the MOU.

"Technical colleges like Denmark Technical College offer a powerful education for students interested in pursuing exciting, hands on technical careers," Breidenbach said. "By partnering with Dr. Todd and his college, we believe we can help prepare those students for the challenges they will face when they enter the workforce at places like the Savannah River Site."

Under the MOU, DTC will collaborate with SRR to improve the school's science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics offerings, work to improve college-to-work programs for veterans, and identify students for potential internships. The collaboration also will continue to look for students who could fill potential jobs with SRR.

"We are always in search of the best and brightest graduating students who are ready to work under our company's core values of safety, teamwork, integrity, ownership, and continuous improvement," Breidenbach added. "With this partnership, we hope to help build the bridge between learning and earning inside our own community."

Background: SRR is a team of companies led by Amentum with partners Bechtel National, Jacobs, and BWX Technologies, Inc. Critical subcontractors for the contract are Orano, Atkins, and Amentum N&E Technical Services.

DTC is a two-year college in rural Bamberg County, S.C. It serves more than 500 students with a focus on technical career training, associates degrees, and a four-year college transfer program.

SRS info: SRS is a 310-square-mile site located near Aiken, S.C., on the Savannah River, which borders South Carolina and Georgia. SRS covers 198,046 acres, including parts of Aiken, Barnwell, and Allendale counties in South Carolina. The SRS annual budget is approximately $2 billion, with a workforce of about 11,000.

SRS is owned by the DOE. Savannah River Nuclear Solutions is the management and operations contractor. SRR is the liquid waste contractor at SRS.

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