For Immediate Release
AIKEN, S.C., January 14, 2021 – Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) and Morris College (MC) are partnering to provide extensive resources for their students through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreement that also trains candidates for SRNS jobs at the Savannah River Site (SRS).
The extensive list of resources includes funding for scholarships, paid internships and computers donated by SRNS to this historically Black college.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly difficult for a significant percentage of college students across the nation,” said Stuart MacVean, SRNS President and CEO. “We’re confident that this MOU with Morris College will provide much needed assistance for many of their students while ensuring that our pipeline of qualified job candidates will continue to be ready to draw from over time.”
To date, SRNS officials have established MOUs with 17 local colleges, universities and veteran programs, including MOUs recently signed with Benedict College, Denmark Technical College, Voorhees College and Allen University.
“We are looking forward to working closely with interns from all of these colleges and universities,” said MacVean. “We realize that internships often lead to employment, and we’re confident this will be true for many of the students who choose to learn about and gain experience within our company.”
The last five MOUs signed with Historically Black Colleges and Universities offered potential tours of SRS for students and faculty (post-COVID); provided subject matter experts to serve as advisors and/or mentors; and offered a series of workshops to help students improve their resume writing and job interview skills.
Also, as a result of the agreements, SRNS personnel will promote careers and degree programs related to current and potential future workforce needs associated with cybersecurity, engineering and business management. This information will be available at www.savannahrivernuclearsolutions.com.
In return, Morris College officials will collaborate with SRNS personnel to ensure curriculum alignment with existing missions and workforce requirements at SRS.
“We are looking forward to a long-term partnership with SRNS,” said Leroy Staggers, PhD, President, Morris College. “We are pleased with their desire to assist our students with their occupational plans and needs, now and upon graduation as many will seek rewarding careers at the Savannah River Site. This MOU reflects our continual desire to make excellence a hallmark of Morris College.”
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, a Fluor-led company with Newport News Nuclear and Honeywell, is responsible for the management and operations of the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site, including the Savannah River National Laboratory, located near Aiken, South Carolina.