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Sewon America, Savannah Technical College sign training partnership
Sewon and Savannah Tech sign MOU
Dr. Kathy Love, president of Savannah Technical College (front, right) signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Sewon America at the college’s Effingham campus on June 20. (Submitted photo.)

Special to the Herald


RINCON – Leadership from Sewon America and Savannah Technical College (STC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a training partnership at the College’s Effingham Campus June 20.

 “We look forward to a long-lasting partnership with our new friends at Sewon America,” said Dr. Kathy Love, STC President. “This training partnership is a win-win for both business, industry and Savannah Technical College.

“We can’t be the subject matter experts in every industry that we have, so we rely on them to make sure we are teaching what we’re supposed to be teaching, preparing people for the great jobs they’re going to be bringing to Effingham County,” Dr. Love added.

 The training partnership MOU will include credit and non-credit training programs that could be offered at the College’s Effingham campus along with other campuses.

“We might do something through our non-credit side and customized training, get that up and going. And a lot of it depends on what they need,” explained Tal Loos, Savannah Tech’s vice president of economic development. “They might just need a short-term (training), let's say 30 or 40 hours, so you can't really turn that into a full-credit program.”

Loos added that the college could add a credit program in the future. But the whole purpose of the partnership with Sewon is to develop a program where students will be ready to work with Sewon after completing the courses.

Pay for these positions could start around $21 or $22 per hour, according to Loos.

 “I am very happy to have the honor of joining the future of Sewon America’s Rincon plant together with Savannah Technical College with the signing of this MOU,” said Sewon America Vice Chairman Eugene Kim. “Together we will prepare talented individuals, who will possess a deep understanding of manufacturing and our company.”

The Sewon delegation also presented $10,000 donations to Savannah Technical College, Effingham County Board of Commissioners, the City of Rincon, and the Effingham County School District.

“Business partners are instrumental to the success of our school district. It was delightful to spend time and get to know Vice Chairman Kim and representatives of Sewon last week at their community appreciation dinner,” said Dr. Yancy Ford, Superintendent of Effingham County School District. “We are thankful to Sewon for their generosity, and we look forward to working with them as a business partner.”

Brandt Herndon, CEO of the Effingham County Industrial Development Authority added, “It is great to see Sewon’s leadership make the effort to plug into our community and give back. This is a testament to the type of outstanding community partner they will be once their facility is operational.”

The new Sewon America facility located off Old Augusta Road is scheduled for completion in early 2025 and will result in over $300 million in private investment and 740 higher skilled jobs in Effingham County.