The Timken Foundation donated $150,000 to the Spartanburg Community College Foundation for the new educational and training facility at the college’s Cherokee County campus.
The training facility, known as the Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies, will be the fourth building on the campus and will provide additional labs and classroom space for welding, mechatronics and machine tool technology, among others, according to a written statement.
The $150,000 donation is for new equipment in the 27,000-square-foot building, which is scheduled to open in August 2015 for fall classes.
“For the past 50 years, Spartanburg Community College has partnered with businesses like the Timken Company to advance and sustain the Upstate workforce by educating, training and re-training residents to work as highly skilled employees,” college President Henry Giles said in the statement. “This gift from the Timken Foundation means that Cherokee County campus students will learn and perfect their skills on state-of-the-art equipment, providing them with the global skills they need to begin work immediately after graduation.
John Milko, manager of Gaffney’s Timken plant, said the donation is a “win-win opportunity for everyone.”
“The CAMIT building is an important addition to our community — it’s good for the college, it’s good for the people of Cherokee County and it is a huge benefit for Timken,” Milko said in the statement. “We are proud to be part of providing for SCC and for the Cherokee community.”
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