SC's Competitive EDGE: Advanced Manufacturing

Advanced Manufacturing at Greenville Technical College

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 manufacturing 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 effort, 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.

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