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Ashley Dernberger, a U.S. Army veteran, is the most recent student to join Savannah River Remediation's Veteran Cooperative Program. She is working part time in Public Affairs and pursuing a marketing degree at Augusta University.

SRR Veteran Cooperative Program Sees Successful First Year

November 9, 2015

AIKEN, S.C. – One year, seven veterans, and a number of recognitions under its belt, Savannah River Remediation's Veteran Cooperative Program is still going strong, just as Veterans Day approaches.

The Veteran Cooperative Program, which began in October 2014, is designed to aid veterans transitioning into full-time employment with mentoring, training, and allowing college credit toward a degree while working at Savannah River Remediation (SRR).

SRR, the liquid waste contractor at the Savannah River Site (SRS), which is owned by the Department of Energy (DOE), currently employs seven veterans in part-time positions through this Cooperative Program. The Co-Op students, many of whom started as interns over the summer, hold positions in Science, Math, Engineering, Technology (STEM) fields and non-STEM fields, each related to their degree of study. These part-time jobs could result in full-time employment.

Scott Brown, the Program's manager and retired Army lieutenant colonel, said this program is an educational opportunity that not only provides a competitive pay rate, but also provides marketable job experience.

"The SRR Veteran Cooperative Program has been a unique opportunity for veterans in our area," Brown said. "Participants are in school, earning a degree, building their workplace experience, and, most of all, gaining confidence in their skills outside of the military."

Because the Program has seen such great success, SRR has plans to grow the Program on a corporate-wide level, Brown said.

"SRR has communicated our program to other sites in the DOE complex and to our parent and partners companies as well," he said.

Veterans are an important and beneficial asset to our workforce at SRR, said Stuart MacVean, SRR President and Project Manager.

"Savannah River Remediation is working to give back to those veterans who have already given so much to our country," MacVean said. "We hire veterans because of their motivation and the experience they bring into the workforce."

Even before the Program began, SRR had a track-record of supporting veterans.

In February 2014, SRR was certified as a Palmetto Military Employer, recognized by Operation Palmetto Employment and Governor Nikki Haley.

In June 2014, the Adjutant General for South Carolina, Maj. Gen. Robert E. Livingston Jr, recognized SRR for its support of hiring veterans.

SRR is the liquid waste contactor at SRS for DOE. SRR is composed of a team of companies led by AECOM with partners Bechtel National, CH2M and BWX Technologies. Critical subcontractors for the contract are AREVA, EnergySolutions and URS Professional Solutions.

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