SRR initiates program to hire veterans

Submitted photo Savannah River Remediation’s Veterans’ Cooperative Educational Program selection committee consists of veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Committee members are, from left, Chairman Scott Brown, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army; Kim Hauer, Commander, U.S. Navy; John Contardi, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps; and Bruce Martin, Captain, U.S. Army. The committee will select veterans for part-time employment under SRR’s cooperative educational initiative.

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Savannah River Remediation, the liquid waste contractor at Savannah River Site, has begun hiring military veterans as part of a new educational cooperative program.

Acknowledging the value that many veterans have obtained through their service to the country, the contractor, or SRR, is providing qualifying veterans part-time paid developmental jobs in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM.

These part-time jobs could result in full-time employment, according to Scott Brown, SRR’s veteran affairs coordinator, who retired as a lieutenant colonel from the Army in 2011 after 25 years of service.

“SRR recognizes that U.S. veterans are special. By being in the military, they have received action-oriented training in leadership, have succeeded in a command structure and are results-driven,” said Brown, a 1986 graduate of The Citadel. “We want to utilize their special talents and experience in STEM-related fields in hopes of finding full-time employees that can assist SRR in completing its liquid waste mission at SRS.”

SRR has committed to up to five part-time positions per semester with each veteran working about 20 hours a week while attending a degree-granting institution in the area, such as Aiken Technical College or the University of South Carolina Aiken.

The veterans also must have received an honorable service discharge, be a participant in the Post 9/11 GI Bill era, have completed at least two successful concurrent semesters of study and be a STEM subject major.

A selection committee comprising SRR senior managers will select the candidates to be hired for the positions. Selection consideration involves the applicant’s grade point average and results from the interview.

“SRR’s veterans program is in line with the growing national Helmets to Hardhats initiative, whereby companies assist military veterans’ transition back into the workplace with meaningful employment,” said Stuart MacVean, SRR’s president and project manager. “We are very proud to be a part of this movement and excited for our newly hired military veterans.”