Department of Transportation mentor-protégé program promotes small engineering firms

Posted in: Bridges, Highways

Mentor-Protege-Program_BodyTo promote Disadvantaged Business Enterprises within the state, the South Carolina Department of Transportation is working with Mead & Hunt to establish a Mentor-Protégé Program. The program will allow Disadvantaged Business Enterprises to have more exposure to high-profile government work while increasing their workload and capacity.

Mead & Hunt is serving as a mentor to DESA, a woman-owned DBE with over 30 years in the professional services industry. During our kick-off meeting in August, Mead & Hunt and DESA pledged their commitment to SCDOT and the Federal Highway Administration to make this a program that can be emulated throughout the nation.

Our mentor plan with DESA includes training on MicroStation and PowerGEOPAK software, developing knowledge of SCDOT design standards and educating about quality control.

Over the next two years, Mead & Hunt will work with DESA and its employees to grow their technical and professional skills. This will give them a stronger grasp of DOT standards and processes, and they can use this experience to be strong competitors for future SCDOT projects.

I believe this program will bring a positive change to our industry. We’re excited to begin this journey with DESA and help them grow in the engineering field.

Berry Still, PE

About the Author

Berry Still, P.E., has unique experience with the three major aspects of a roadway project – environmental, design and construction – give him keen insight necessary to anticipate environmental issues early so that project schedules are maintained. This is especially valuable in the design-build projects where time is of the essence. Berry’s knowledge of the NEPA and permitting process and the stakeholders involved will prove to be an asset to any project team.

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