$500 Million Included in State Budget for New SCC Training Facility in Cherokee County

Article by: Scott Powell | Gaffney Ledger

State lawmakers provided $500,000 in this year’s state budget for Spartanburg Community College (SCC) to use in a planned multimillion dollar training facility.

Due to the continued support of local lawmakers, SCC President Henry Giles said the college received $500,000 for furniture and equipment in its new Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies (CAMIT) building. The new training facility will be located on a wooded lot next to the Harvey S. Peeler Jr. academic building at the back of the 64- acre Cherokee County branch campus.

State lawmakers provided $4.3 million in state appropriations in the 2012 and 2013 budgets to help pay for the 27,245- square-foot training and shop facility. Giles said this year’s $500,000 appropriation will go towards the $1.7 million needed to furnish and equip the CAMIT building. CAMIT programs will include welding, automated manufacturing, mechatronics and robotics labs, and industrial electronics. Giles said the training facility will allow the community college to expand education training programs designed for skills necessary in manufacturing jobs.

“We are very appreciative for the support we have received from state legislators in our efforts to expand our campus in Cherokee County,” Giles said. “We couldn’t build this new building without the support of the legislative delegation. This project will cost nearly $8 million, including furniture and equipment.”

The CAMIT facility will be the fourth building on the Cherokee County branch campus since it opened in 2007. 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.

Spartanburg Community College hopes to start construction on the CAMIT building in November. Giles has said the college would like to move into the new building in July of 2015 so it can open the training facility for the fall semester.


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