Benoit College is now the first historically black college or university in South Carolina to offer an accredited environmental engineering program.
The college’s environmental engineering program recently received its initial accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Engineering and Technology, the national body that accredits undergraduate programs in engineering, engineering technology and computer science.
Benedict is one of only two HBCUs in the state to offer a bachelor of science degree in environmental engineering, according to a college press release. The only other accredited program in South Carolina is at Clemson University.
Since Benedict’s program began in 2012, enrollment has more than doubled, according to information posted by Benedict.
“ABET accreditation is the recognized seal of approval that validates that our environmental engineering program meets the highest standards and positions our graduates to pursue careers as licensed engineers,” said Roslyn Clark Artis, President and CEO of the administration of Benedict College.
The program’s class of 2022 had a 100% hiring rate. The program prepares students for careers in water and wastewater treatment, solid waste management, polluted site remediation, and air quality engineering.
Typically, students complete internships during the summer at companies related to environmental engineering or at research labs at Benedict College and other schools. During this time, they complete a senior design project in partnership with local engineering companies or the City of Columbia.
“ABET accreditation is a game-changer for Benedict’s environmental engineering program in terms of recruitment and post-graduation opportunities for our students,” said Jessica Furrer, program manager and ABET coordinator. “Employers seek out students to have an ABET-accredited degree because it gives them confidence that they are well-prepared for a career in environmental engineering.”
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