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Economic Development and Growth through Education

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Denmark Tech brings advanced

manufacturing to you

Denmark Technical College (DTC)

brings advanced

manufacturing training directly to local manufactur-

ers through its Mobile Training Unit (MTU). The

MTU is outfitted with technical training equipment,

electrical and pneumatic power as well as Wi-Fi.

Programs that are currently being offered on plant

sites include: Industrial Maintenance (Electrical-

Mechanical), Certified Production Technician,

Certified Logistics Technician, Process Technician

and STEM Awareness.

Horsehead Corporation in Barnwell, SC makes the

most of the MTU by using it to train its employees

in an Industrial Maintenance apprenticeship. Eric

Stroom, Horsehead’s plant manager, explains the

advantages of the MTU: “We have been partnering

with Denmark Tech for six years, and it has been a

good experience with proven performance results.

The flexible on-site training is a convenient and

efficient way for us to educate our workforce.”

The MTU allows DTC to transfer equipment from

the mobile unit to the company training room so

employees can be trained on-site. Employees can

further their education by obtaining both their

Department of Labor Apprenticeship credential

and any one of DTC’s Institute of Advanced

Manufacturing certificates without ever leaving

the plant.

Learn more:

www.denmarktech.edu

apprenticeship process from initial

information to full recognition in the Na-

tional Registered Apprenticeship System.

According to Stroom, “Apprenticeship

Carolina has been an instrumental aspect

for further education of people in our

operation. Since we started up our opera-

tion, we’ve developed an apprenticeship

program for our maintenance employees,

to take them over the next three years and

develop their skills and competencies and

then also reward them with compensa-

tion associated with incremental steps of

improvement.”

Training for the apprentices is provided

on-site by DTC. Stroom says this is “a

tremendous growth opportunity for our

people and a great benefit to Horsehead

Corporation to know and understand that

we fully train and certify people in the

tasks that they need to be doing. Compe-

tency is critical – from a safety, from an

environmental standpoint, from customer

satisfaction and operational results.”

“readySC’s services

played a significant

role in Horsehead’s

decision to locate in

South Carolina, and it’s

a decision we haven’t

regretted.”

— ERIC STROOM, PLANT MANAGER

OF HORSEHEAD CORPORATION