BLYTHEWOOD, S.C., MARCH 31, 2022 – South Carolina Water Utilities (SCWU), a subsidiary of SouthWest Water Company, has launched an innovative STEM internship program designed to provide Blythewood High School students with a unique opportunity to learn about the water and wastewater management business.
SCWU has selected three students to serve as the first participants in this community-based initiative, the goals of which are to become more civically engaged, provide meaningful vocational experience to area students, and eventually establish a workforce talent pipeline. The private-public partnership is designed to build on a growing focus on STEM courses in public Columbia-area high schools.
The paid internship will allow each student to rotate through multiple SCWU facilities to learn how a valuable water resource is reclaimed through proper treatment of wastewater. Core program components focus on developing an understanding of the chemistry, biology, fluid mechanics, and engineering that is required to operate water and wastewater treatment facilities.
If proven successful, the program could expand to other Midlands-area schools.
“South Carolina Water Utilities is excited to implement this internship program in the community where many of us live and work,” said SCWU President Craig Sorensen. “As the caretakers of water, we see a need for more private-public partnerships in South Carolina to get students excited and interested in STEM, our vital industry in particular, and we are proud to lead by example with this program.”
The Blythewood High School administration is eager to provide another avenue for students to gain professional experience.
“We applaud South Carolina Water Utilities for developing this novel and engaging program for our students,” said Principal Matthew Sherman. “Blythewood High School is dedicated to providing students with as many opportunities for success as possible and this is one more pathway to do just that.”
The students selected for the pilot program with SCWU will announce their internship participation at a “Signing Day” event at Blythewood High School on April 1, 2022 at 9:30 AM. The event is intended to give the three students an opportunity to celebrate their acceptance into the program with friends, family, teachers and school administrative staff.
About South Carolina Water Utilities
South Carolina Water Utilities is the largest Investor-Owned water utility in South Carolina, serving customers in both the Midlands and Low Country regions of the state. A subsidiary of SouthWest Water Company, SCWU provides water distribution, wastewater collection and treatment, and superior customer service. Learn more at https://swwc.com/sc/.
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