Spartanburg Community College will use a $642,496 automotive workforce grant to pay for training equipment and computers at its new Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies in Cherokee County. Representatives of the Appalachian Regional Commission presented the grant, which officials said boosts the college’s total grant and leveraged funding to about $32 million since 2012.
The $7.75million, 27,200-square-foot center opened in fall at the college’s Cherokee County campus.
The commission’s federal co-chairman, Earl F. Gohl, said the new center is “giving students an opportunity to achieve.” He said the funds are “not a gift; instead, they are investments, and we except to see a return for our investment. That return is a strong workforce.”
Spartanburg Community College President Henry C. Giles Jr. said at the grant presentation that “thanks to the Appalachian Regional Commission and so many others — the U.S Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration; the S.C. General Assembly; The Timken Foundation of Canton; The Fullerton Foundation; and Cherokee County government — today we have this new $7.75 million dollar CAMIT facility for our students.”
Including the grant, the Spartanburg-based college has received awards and grants totaling about $32 million since 2012.
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