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Greenville Tech Wants Manufacturing Campus

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Greenville Technical College wants a new building to train manufacturing workers. Greenville Technical College wants a new building to train manufacturing workers.

Greenville Tech released some additional facts in conjunction with the Manufactoring Campus article originally published in the Associated Press on Friday evening.

According to Greenville Tech, manufacturing is a top-five industry in Greenville, South Carolina, supporting more than 28,000 people with an average annual salary of $60,540. Manufacturing, if fully supported, has the potential to increase the area's per capita personal income, benefiting every business.

• Many area manufacturers have characterized their need for more skilled workers as critical. The long-term impact of not being able to fulfill this need would have devastating economic consequences for existing manufacturers and on the area's ability to attract new industry.

• The job openings manufacturers seek to fill aren’t the same jobs people remember from years ago. So the approach to creating the skills to fill those jobs must be different. The Enterprise Campus is an entirely new look at training and education, and it will allow us to make great strides in building the future workforce while growing the existing one.

• Manufacturers in Greenville County face a huge wave of retirements soon. According to Census Bureau data, 22.6% of the workforce is 55+.

 • Many of today’s students and their parents view manufacturing as an old, dirty career and are unaware of the pay and prestige these jobs offer today. The planned Enterprise Campus will enable people to take a new look at advanced manufacturing and to change their futures with the future of the Upstate.

• Greenville Technical College’s plans for an Enterprise Campus originated with manufacturers and these plans have grown according to their needs based on extensive input. This effort has the support of many of the area’s strongest employers including Michelin, GE, Bosch Rexroth, ADEX, League Manufacturing, Fabri-Kal, SpecFab Services, Master PT, AMAMCO Tool, Standard Motor Products and more as well as the Greenville Chamber of Commerce.

August 16, 2013

Greenville Technical College wants a new building to train manufacturing workers.

The Greenville News reported the school is asking Greenville County for $25 million for the project. The council is expected to vote on borrowing money for the project next week.

The newspaper reported that its survey of council members found six in favor, two opposed and four undecided. Nine members would have to vote for the borrowing.

Councilman Jim Burns says the building is too expensive. He says the proposed cost-per-square-foot would be one of the most expensive government funded projects in the county.

Burns says enrollment at Greenville Tech dropped more than 7 percent between 2007 and 2012.

School president Keith Miller says special features needed in the building make it more expensive.

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