COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)–Benedict College has become the 1st HBCU in South Carolina to receive accreditation for its Environmental Engineering program. Clemson University is the only other school in the state to have this accreditation for its Environmental Engineering program.
The college received the honor from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, or ABET.
“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 and representing the BEST of BC!” says Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, President, and CEO of Benedict College.
The Environmental Engineering program prepares students for careers in water and wastewater treatment, solid waste management, remediation in polluted sites and air quality engineering.
According to Dr. Jessica Furrer, Benedict’s Environmental Engineering program Head and ABET coordinator, this will help Benedict College recruit more students for the program and hopefully lead them to lucrative careers.
“This is absolutely game changing. Our mission in the computer science physics and engineering department is to increase the number of well qualified minority students in the STEM fields and so this is just one more step. This is why we do what we do everyday at Benedict. This is just one more step in that process to increase those numbers to move more African American students to those good paying jobs and those really rewarding engineering careers,” says Dr. Furrer.