A new education and training facility is currently expected to open in mid-September at Spartanburg Community College.
President Henry Giles toured the construction site July 15 of the $7.7 million Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies (CAMIT) building on the college’s Cherokee County branch campus. The training facility is expected to create 84 jobs and generate about $20 million in private investment.
CAMIT programs will include welding, automated manufacturing, mechatronics and robotics labs as well as industrial electronics. A computer lab, student lounge and administrative offices are included in the plans along with a 100-space parking lot north of the new building. It is under construction adjacent to the Harvey S. Peeler Academic Building.
The new building is currently scheduled for completion by Sept. 15, Giles said. Classes for the fall semester will start Sept. 17 .
“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,” Giles said.
A job market study conducted last 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 last 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.
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