Greenville Technical College (GTC), Clemson University (CU) and local educators, manufacturers, businesses and government leaders held a ribbon cutting ceremony at GTC's Gene Haas Center for Manufacturing Innovation (CMI) yesterday.
CMI will provide advanced manufacturing education to South Carolina students who intend to seek highly skilled positions with manufacturers. It will showcase modern manufacturing technology while training skilled workers and updating older adults' skills. The curriculum is designed to allow working students to leave and reenter the program as needed.
Students will be able to choose from certificate programs, two-year degrees and continuing education workshops focused on modern manufacturing. The collaboration between GTC and CU is the first of its kind. It was designed to close the gap between educating the technician and the engineer.
"Using traditional methods to increase the pipeline of qualified workers for advanced manufacturing just won't work," GTC President Dr. Keith Miller said. "In Greenville County, we are taking a new approach with the Center for Manufacturing Innovation, breaking traditions and innovating to close the skills gap. I am grateful to see this strong and concerted effort by educators, employers, government and other leaders. I know that the Upstate and South Carolina will benefit."
Funding for the campus and equipment was provided by Greenville County Council, the state of South Carolina, the Gene Haas Foundation and other individuals, foundations and businesses.
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