by Elizabeth Stone
UWG’s Richards College of Business students in the Southwire Sustainable Business Honors Program recently received their “Blackshirt,” an honor among Southwire employees for participating in at least two Project Gift events per year. The students in the cohort regularly volunteer in the community as part of the service component of the program.
Funded by a $1.1 million gift from Southwire, the program allows participants to complete a BBA in economics, finance, management, marketing or real estate, plus a Master of Business Administration degree and a certificate of sustainability in only four years. The program also offers many opportunities for service and experiential learning, including a one-on-one mentorship by a Southwire employee and internship possibilities.
Southwire’s Project Gift, which stands for giving inspiration for tomorrow, refers to the collective efforts of Southwire employees to better their surrounding communities. Employees give time through volunteering with civic and community groups, and throughout the year, this inaugural program cohort has assisted in these efforts.
Southwire Company is North America’s largest wire and cable producer. Southwire and its subsidiaries manufacture building wire and cable, metal-clad (MC) cable, cord products (including TappanTM sound, security, and communication cables through Tappan Wire & Cable Inc.), utility cable products, industrial power cable, OEM wire products, SCR copper and aluminum rod, and continuous casting technology. Southwire also supplies MAXIS wire and cable installation tools to the commercial, industrial and utility construction markets.