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Nephron Pharmaceuticals Partners With STEM Premier

Dec 05, 2018 09:56AM ● By Kathleen Maris

West Columbia-based Nephron Pharmaceuticals announces a partnership with STEM Premier, an online platform that connects students with opportunities in higher education and the workforce.

Recognizing the importance of building a regional future talent pipeline, Nephron will be building strategic relationships through STEM Premier with five Columbia-area high schools: Airport High School, A.C. Flora High School, Columbia High School, Swansea High School, and W.J. Keenan High School.

The relationship will help promote Nephron Pharmaceuticals career opportunities, such as their new apprenticeship program, and increase their footprint in the community by providing a means by which Nephron and other regional colleges and companies can connect with students through the STEM Premier platform.

“It is our responsibility to give the talented students in our region every tool we can to succeed,” says Nephron Pharmaceuticals CEO Lou Kennedy. “We are so excited to engage these schools and give the talent in our own backyard the power to connect with opportunities not only at Nephron, but with colleges and companies across South Carolina.”

The strategic engagement of Nephron with local high schools supplements larger programs in South Carolina such as SC FutureMakers, a statewide initiative backed by the Department of Commerce which connects the next generation of talent in the state with career pathways in advanced manufacturing, IT, healthcare, and other industries.

The partnership kicked off Monday, November 19 at W.J. Keenan High School with their junior and senior classes. The five-school engagement plan will include on-campus events with industry leaders, onboarding of students onto the STEM Premier platform, and a $500 scholarship for one student at each high school.