Savannah River Site recognized as "Employer of the Year" by SC State Business & Industry Cluster

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

ORANGEBURG, SC – The SC State University Business & Industry Cluster recognized the U.S. Department of Energy’s Washington Savannah River Site (SRS) as its 2005-2006 “Employer of the Year” at its recent biannual meeting.

SRS was honored for its commitment to the Cluster’s support of SC State’s efforts to educate and prepare its students for careers post-graduation. In fact, SRS increased by 400 percent the number of students hired as interns in 2006. In addition, Howard Walls of Washington Group International received the Chairman’s Award for contributions to SC State.

The SC State Business & Industry Cluster, which meets semi-annually, first met in May 2006 and features 22 major state, national and international corporations. The Cluster, sponsored by SC State’s Career Center, was created to support the University’s efforts to educate and prepare its more than 4,500 students with the essential skill-sets needed to assume responsible and rising positions within corporate America and across the global marketplace.

“As opportunities within corporate America and the global economy emerge, we need to ensure that our students have a competitive advantage and edge,” said Dr. Jackie Epps, Career Center director. “This Cluster is definitely a catalyst to assist us in reaching those goals.”

At the fall meeting, the SC State Cluster also established its goals for 2007, including an increased focus on professional development and “soft skills” training for students. Gabriel Vicks of General Electric was appointed as the Cluster’s chairman for the coming year. The Cluster will reconvene in spring 2007.

Cluster members attending the fall meeting include BMW Manufacturing Co., Federal-Mogul, General Electric, Michelin, Milliken & Company, Nationwide, The Okonite Company, Santee Cooper, ScanSource, State Farm, Target and Washington Savannah River Site.

For additional information on the SC State Business & Industry Cluster, please contact the Career Center at (803) 536-8451.