Economic Development and Growth through Education
New Advanced Manufacturing
Centers coming to Horry-Georgetown
Technical College (HGTC)
In response to industry demands, HGTC will be
constructing two new 25,000 sq. ft. Advanced
Manufacturing Centers in Horry and Georgetown
counties over the next several years.
The manufacturing industry is recognized as one of
the driving forces behind economic recovery and is
essential to ongoing economic prosperity, while
individuals proficient in the areas of advanced
welding technology, machine tool/CNC and
mechatronics are among the most sought after
and highly paid workers in America.
Greenville Technical College (GTC)
with Clemson University (CU) to create the Gene
Haas Center for Manufacturing Innovation (CMI).
The number-one goal for the CMI is to increase the
number of skilled workers for manufacturing in
order to close the skills gap that has hampered the
progress of many Upstate employers.
CMI brings many firsts to advanced manufactur-
ing education. The involvement of CU as a partner,
which is designed to bridge the gap between the
education of the technician and the education of the
engineer, is the first of its kind between a technical
college and a research university in the U.S. This is
not a shared location for separate offerings; instead,
educational offerings will be integrated.
A Manufacturing Honors College, which will allow
GTC and CU students to work together to solve real-
world manufacturing challenges, is also a first. An
additive manufacturing partnership with Renishaw
at a technical college is another groundbreaking ef-
fort, and the open manufacturing lab for education,
training and industry collaboration is unlike anything
else in South Carolina. This campus is a first for GTC
with its focus on one sector of the economy and
contains the college’s first precision metrology lab.
Programs Offered at HGTC
• Machine Tool Operations
• Machine Tool Technology
• Advanced Welding Technologies