The new $9 million Center for Advance Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies (CAMIT) on the Spartanburg Community College campus will be a state-of-the-art facility, where students get hands-on training for highly technical careers.
South Carolina Senator Harvey S. Peeler said he was part of a group of individuals who met nine years ago and saw a need for a technical college presence in Cherokee County to train the workforce for highly skilled jobs.
The 27,000-square-foot center will be the third on the Spartanburg Community College campus in Cherokee County and is set to open in fall 2015.
Cherokee County Council Chairman Tim Spencer vowed council's support for the center, which he called vital to ongoing economic development success of the county.
Cherokee County Development Board Director Jim Cook said in the late 1990s, having blue-collar, hardworking employees was sufficient for the county's economy, which was largely based in textiles.
Textiles are still strong in the county, he said, but “it's not your grandfather's mill anymore.”
Having a facility with plenty of laboratory space where students can get hands-on training is key, he said.
John Milko, plant manager of the Timken plant, said the company supports the center for current and future students.
The SCC Cherokee County campus serves 550 students. The CAMIT will serve 100 students during day classes, and another 100 in evening classes.
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