Rives native co-ops with General Electric

Posted by Karen Lykins - Thursday, September 30 2010
klykins@tntech.edu
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Steven Castellaw, a Tennessee Tech University student from Rives, Tenn., has been selected for a one-semester cooperative education, or co-op, assignment with General Electric.

During the assignment that began in August, Castellaw will be assisting in design and product development of pitchy yaw and main shaft bearings for General Electric's wind turbine fleet.

"The Co-op is an excellent way for students to gain the type of experience that will give them an edge in the tight job market," said Don Foster, associate director of the Office of Career Services. "In addition to helping students grow and improve their capabilities, co-op also provides income that can be used to help pay for college studies."

Tennessee Tech co-op students currently earn between $10.50 and $26 per hour and major in business, engineering, arts/sciences and education. The university's co-op program began in 1959 and has experienced record student participation during recent semesters. Tennessee Tech co-op office works with more than a hundred employers across the southeast- from businesses to industry and government agencies- to match students' interests with co-op openings.

Castellaw, son of Nan Castellaw and late John Castellaw, is a 2007 graduate of Obion County Central High School. He is a senior mechanical engineering major at TTU. His work assignment is in G.E.'s energy division based in Greenville, S.C.

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