SRR President and Project Manager Tom Foster, right, signs à MOU with DTC Interim President Dr. Christopher Hall, left.

DENMARK, S.C. – Savannah River Site’s (SRS) liquid waste contractor Savannah River Remediation (SRR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Denmark Technical College (DTC), one of South Carolina’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities, to help students prepare for their future careers.

DTC provides a two-year program that allows for a mix of traditional and non-traditional students to attend programs that help them achieve their educational and career goals. SRR committed to help DTC by signing an MOU, outlining its commitment to the school.

SRR is charged with remediating over 35 million gallons of radioactive liquid waste stored in 43 one-million-gallon capacity storage tanks and operationally closing the waste tanks. The highly technical work to accomplish the SRR mission requires a workforce who is educated in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM).

Technical schools like DTC are an asset to SRR because they offer STEAM-related programs, such as Computer Technology, Welding, and Engineering Technology, among others, which give graduates the skills for future employment.

SRR plans to facilitate opportunities for students per the agreement by hiring students into its summer intern program, comparing various DTC programs curriculums to industry needs, providing mentoring opportunities, and identifying students to be considered for SRR jobs.

As an advocate for STEAM-focused education, SRR President and Project Manager Tom Foster signed the MOU on behalf of SRR.

“Education is one of the best ways a person can improve his or her quality of life,” said Foster. “By facilitating educational and career advancement opportunities, we are helping members of our community reach their potential, while ensuring SRR continues to lay the groundwork for future work opportunities.”

About Denmark Technical College

Denmark Technical College (DTC) is a public, comprehensive, Historically Black, two-year technical college located in rural Bamberg County in South Carolina. The college annually serves approximately 2,000 credit and continuing education students, a mix of traditional, non traditional, full-time and part-time. Denmark Technical College is the only technical college in the State of South Carolina with on-campus housing. For more information, visit www.denmarktech.edu.

About Savannah River Remediation

Savannah River Remediation (SRR) is a team of companies led by AECOM with partners Bechtel National, Jacobs, and BWX Technologies, Inc. Critical subcontractors for the contract are Orano, Atkins, and AECOM N&E Technical Solutions. For more information, visit www.srremediation.com.

Dr. Willie L. Todd Jr. appointed as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Services at DTC.

DENMARK, S.C. – Denmark Technical College announces the hiring of Dr. Willie L. Todd Jr., as Vice President of academic affairs and student services, effective July 29.

In this role, he will oversee both the academic programming as well as the student experience within the college. Todd formerly served as the provost and Vice President for academic affairs at Wiley College.

Todd’s interest in coming to DTC was a result of his commitment to working with HBCU students to make a difference in their lives. He also saw the racially and culturally diverse mix of rural and urban students that DTC services as an exciting opportunity.

“I chose Denmark Tech as my new home because I support the mission and vision of the college. I understand the impact that schools like DTC have on the lives of families all across this great nation. Denmark Technical College is well poised to meet the needs of our constituents as we prepare them to lead locally, regionally, nationally, and globally,” said Todd.

Todd has extensive record in higher education, including vice provost and associate vice provost at Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Va.; executive director of student affairs, director of leadership and student development, undergraduate program coordinator and professor at Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA.; adjunct professor at Georgia State a university at Perimeter College, Decatur, Ga.; adjunct professor at Dalton College, and director of the Developmental Students Writing Laboratory at Albany State University, Albany, Ga.

Todd earned a bachelor of arts in English and a master of education in English Education both from Albany State University; a master of education in higher education administration (student affairs’ concentration) from Regent University; and a doctor of philosophy in English from Georgia State University.

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About Denmark Technical College

Denmark Technical College is a public, comprehensive, Historically Black, two-year technical college located in rural Bamberg County in South Carolina. The college annually serves approximately 2,000 credit and continuing education students, a mix of traditional, non traditional, full-time and part-time. Denmark Technical College is the only technical college in the State of South Carolina with on-campus housing. For more information, visit www.denmarktech.edu.