Columbia College Partners with Hypertherm and Dartmouth Hitchcock

Moderator, Tim Renner, Leader of the Hypertherm Technical Training Institute, Gerry Ghazi, HITEC President, Matt McKenney, Hypertherm Workforce Development Manager, Sarah Currier, Dartmouth Hitchcock Director of Workforce Development.

to provide internship opportunities to Columbia College students in New Hampshire

(Columbia, SC) Columbia College and two major businesses in New Hampshire, Hypertherm and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, have established internship programs designed to provide hands-on training in a variety of different career fields for Columbia College students. The first cohort of interns are currently in New Hampshire living, working, and learning about the northern culture.

“This is an exciting partnership that will enable our students to gain valuable experience in a multitude of different careers, said Columbia College President, Dr. Carol Moore. “During these internships, our students not only have the benefit of experiential learning, they also have the opportunity to build relationships with other individuals across the country and across the world.”

Hypertherm is a privately owned U.S. based manufacturer of industrial cutting systems and software, and understand the importance of engaging students in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. The partnership with Columbia College will help them broaden their reach into education, and Columbia College students will transition into the workforce better equipped for employment in STEM fields.

Destine Hicks is a Columbia College intern who is working as the Intern Program Manager. She explains, “Hypertherm’s Corporate Social Responsibilities (CRS) Team gives a quarterly update video which features updates on CRS and the Hypertherm Ventures Team.” Hicks had the opportunity to take part in the CRS Team’s 3rd Quarter update video, and share with the Hypertherm community her role and assignments.

Recently, the Columbia College partners attended the Northeastern University NExT Summer Convening 2018 Conference. This is an exclusive, invitation only conference that brings together businesses and educational institutions to discuss accessible experiential learning for all learners in the country. The guidebook for the conference noted, “To do this, we are bringing a diverse network of stakeholders together to share their bold ideas and visions on how to leverage experiential learning to transform schools, districts, educations systems, and broaden opportunities for educators and students at all levels.” This conference will help Hypertherm and Dartmouth Hitchcock better support, educate, and train the Columbia College interns during their time in New Hampshire.

About Columbia College

Columbia College was founded in 1854 and continues to serve as an institution for higher education with approximately 1,200 students, female and male, in both undergraduate and graduate courses. Columbia College prepares students personally and professionally for success through strong liberal arts and professional programs emphasizing service, social justice, and leadership development. For more information about Columbia College, visit

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