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SCE&G and OCtech Provide Students with Real-World Experience through New Program

CAYCE, S.C. (Aug. 23, 2018) – Students enrolled in Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College (OCtech) Electronic Instrumentation Technology courses now have the opportunity to work at Cope and Wateree generation stations through a new SCE&G and OCtech co-op program.

“The great thing about co-op opportunities is that they benefit both the student and the company,” said Jim Landreth, vice president of Fossil and Hydro Operations for SCE&G. “Orangeburg-area students will receive invaluable instruction and be compensated for their work while reaping the benefits of learning in a traditional classroom. Through the program, SCE&G will develop qualified, educated and experienced candidates to operate its coal facilities.”

Co-op participants will work temporary, full-time positions during the spring semester at SCE&G coal power generating stations in Orangeburg and Richland counties. They will continue their assignments into the summer to complete any additional coursework.

Students interested in participating in the program must:

  • Apply for the co-op program at the school during the fall 2018 semester to participate in the spring 2019 co-op class.
  • Be enrolled in their final spring semester of the Electronic Instrumentation Techology Program.
  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA with permission from the division dean or program coordinator.

“SCE&G has been a good corporate partner to local communities in South Carolina for many years,” said Dr. Walt Tobin, president of OCtech. “Throughout those years, OCtech and SCE&G have maintained a mutually beneficial partnership that contributes to the preparation of a skilled workforce. As a result of this new program, OCtech will be able to increase the number of students who graduate with work-based learning experience.”

For more information, visit www.octech.edu/academics/academic-divisions/electronics-instrumentation or call 803-536-0311.

About SCE&G

South Carolina Electric & Gas Company is a regulated public utility engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to approximately 723,000 customers in the central, southern and southwestern portions of South Carolina. The company also provides natural gas service to approximately 371,000 customers throughout the state.