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Economic Development and Growth through Education

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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)

is partnering

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.

Learn more:

www.gvltec.edu

Programs Offered at HGTC

• Machine Tool Operations

• Machine Tool Technology

• Advanced Welding Technologies

Learn more:

www.hgtc.edu