Spartanburg Community College was awarded a $1.1 million federal economic development grant Friday to help provide training for manufacturing jobs on its Cherokee County branch campus.
The investment will help build the Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies (CAMIT) training facility. The project is expected to create 84 jobs and generate about $20 million in private investment, according to the grant from the federal Economic Development Administration (EDA.)
The 84 jobs estimate is based on written commitments received from Timken, Suminoe and Core Molding Technologies in support of the CAMIT project. The three Cherokee County industries pledged to create the jobs through expansion over the next five years.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced the federal grant in a news release issued Friday. The new building is designed to expand the college’s education training programs for skills necessary in manufacturing jobs.
“The Obama Administration and Commerce Department are committed to supporting a talented and skilled workforce for today’s 21st century jobs,” Pritzker said in the news release “The EDA investment announced today will help create a facility to develop a robust pipeline of skilled manufacturing technicians to meet the needs of industry in the Spartanburg region.”
The CAMIT building will include nine flexible lab and classroom spaces for training in the areas of welding, industrial electronics, computer numeric control machine tool technology and mechatronics, including automated manufacturing and robotics.
Spartanburg Community College has been an active partner in the county’s KNOW(2) education initiative to encourage county residents to receive at least two years of education and job training beyond high school.
“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. “We hope we can move into the new building by July of 2015. This would allow us to have classes there for the fall semester.”
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