Monday, May 09, 2011
Joseph Thomas was exuberant recently when he, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and SC State University President, Dr. George E. Cooper, signed an agreement reinstating the University’s partnership with the agency. Thomas, interim director for the Career Center at SC State, has worked tirelessly as an advocate for this cause, and the fruits of his labor will be rewarding.
The partnership agreement between SC State University and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston District, will ultimately result in additional jobs and co-op experiences for SC State students. “The purpose is to enhance the diverse pool of talent throughout the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,” stated Lt. Col. Kirk, engineer and commander for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston District. “About four years back, there was an existing partnership in place that for some reason went dormant,” noted Kirk. “We wanted to renew that relationship.”
Thomas was happy for the renewal. “Thank you for championing this course and continuing your support,” stated Thomas. Dr. Cooper agreed, stating, “With the renewed efforts by the corps, the opportunities for our graduates will be enhanced. The proximity to the University will also be convenient for a number of our students.”
With locations in Charleston, Conway, Columbia, Fort Jackson and Aiken, potential job opportunities are expanding according to Kirk, and as a result of the partnership, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers offers summer employment, part-time, internship and cooperative (co-op) work experience for SC State students, as applicable, enhancing the preparation of students for a global work force. “There will be an opportunity to bring in new college graduates that involve biology, engineering technology and nuclear related facets,” noted Kirk. “Plus, as the workforce evolves opportunities will increase.”
Kirk contends that the ideal student to work for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is a student with an interest in science, technology, engineering and math with demonstrated academic achievement in engineering and technology fields. Interning with the Corps will provide opportunities to gain work experience and build leadership abilities.
For additional information on co-op experiences with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, contact the SC State Career Center at (803) 536-7033.