Spartanburg Community College will hold a groundbreaking ceremony December 11 for a $7.7 million education and training facility to help meet the future employment needs of industries in Cherokee County.
The event will be held from 2-4 p.m. on the site of the new Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies (CAMIT) facility on the college’s Cherokee County branch campus. This will be the fourth building to be constructed on the campus since it opened in 2007.
CAMIT programs will include welding, automated manufacturing, mechatronics and robotics labs, and industrial electronics. A computer lab, student lounge, and administrative offices are included in the plans as is a 100-space parking lot north of the new building, which will be adjacent to the Harvey S. Peeler academic building.
The CAMIT training facility is expected to create 84 jobs and generate about $20 million in private investment, according to the Economic Development Administration.
This fall, Spartanburg Community College has received a $1.1 million federal Education Development Administration grant, a $150,000 donation from The Timken Foundation, and a $500,000 grant from the Appalachian Council of Governments towards the CAMIT project. The grants and donations will be used to outfit the college’s new building with the latest advanced manufacturing equipment critical for training the next generation of workers.
“We believe the CAMIT training facility is vital to our efforts to further our college’s mission to provide education and job training to help meet the workforce needs of business and industry,” Spartanburg Community College President Henry Giles said.
A job market study conducted this year for the community college found workers aging out of their jobs could have a severe effect on the Upstate’s economy. Of the region’s workforce, 27 percent work in manufacturing, compared to 10 percent statewide.
Spartanburg Community College graduated 725 students this year. Without factoring in company expansions, Giles has said the study results indicate 1,500 people will be needed each year to fill vacancies left by retired workers.
The college hopes the new building will be completed so students can use the CAMIT training facility next fall.
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