The U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded a $1.1 million grant to Spartanburg Community College (SCC).
The grant is designated to help build the college’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies (CAMIT) in Cherokee County.
Spartanburg Community College Director of Grants Elena Rush said the new facility is in response to Cherokee County’s lack of workers trained in specific skill sets.
“With only one science lab for a capacity of 16 students, the Cherokee County Campus is unable to address local demand for additional programs and workforce development,” a written statement from SCC said. “This project will create a technologically skilled manufacturing labor base in Cherokee County and connect and match Cherokee County.”
Once completed, the facility is expected to train 105 workers per year.
The CAMIT facility will have labs and classroom spaces for welding, computer numeric control machine tool technology, and mechatronics, including automated manufacturing and robotics.
The Commerce Department said in a press release that the project is expected to generate nearly $20 million in private investment.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker said in the 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 the Spartanburg region.”
The EDA awards grants to economically distressed areas for the purpose of creating jobs and promoting growth and innovation. The release said that South Carolina’s unemployment rate “is consistently higher than the national average.”
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