The Multi-State Advanced Manufacturing Consortium supports the national development of competency-based education curriculum to meet the needs of the manufacturing industry.
Spartanburg Community College was one of 13 community colleges involved in the TAACCCT federal grant. Learn more at the M-SAMC website.
For more information about Advanced Manufacturing programs at Spartanburg contact:
M-SAMC College Partners
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The Benefits of Being a Part of M-SAMC
Jeff Hunt, Dean of Technologies at Spartanburg Community College, describes the value of being a part of the Multi-State Advanced Manufacturing Consortium.
The Changing College Curriculum
Marv Crowe from Spartanburg Community College discusses transitioning to competency-based education and using performance-based objectives to ensure students achieve skills.
Water and Waste Treatment Roundtable Discussion
Industry representatives from water and waste treatment facilities discuss pursuing a career in the water and wastewater industry, what it takes to train for a position in the industry, and what it takes to succeed.
Spartanburg Community College News
Recently, former President Bill Clinton visited The Center for Advanced Manufacturing & Industrial Technologies (CAMIT) at Spartanburg Community College. During his visit, Clinton emphasized the importance of training high school and college students in practical skills. He further noted that there is a massive need for advanced manufacturing; acknowledging a shortage of skilled manufacturing workers.
Charleston Harbor is earning a new name as the deepest port on the East Coast, which will send ripple effects throughout South Carolina's manufacturing community. Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt said South Carolina has a variety of sectors dependent on this port including automotive, power-generation manufacturing, and distribution centers.
Trelleborg Wheel Systems is building a new production plant in Spartanburg County. The plant has already hired 52 employees, with 100 more to be hired by 2018. Most of these positions will be filled by local residents.
Students in advanced manufacturing and industrial technologies programs at Spartanburg Community College can’t finish fast enough for employee recruiters waiting with job offers, Students at the college have access to the state’s largest campus inventory of robots, 10 of them, and the program is one of 13 nationally in the Multi-State Advanced Manufacturing Consortium. The consortium’s hands-on, project-based approach requires students to show instructors they are learning skills, which is much better than having them spend hours-and-hours in a classroom and then not knowing if they can or cannot perform a skill.
The Spartanburg Community College Foundation was recently recognized by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) as one of the top 25 community colleges in the United States – and the only one from South Carolina – for most funds raised in the last five years in the category of full-time student enrollment of 2,000 to 4,999.
The Manufacturing Day survey results are in, and events held around the U.S. have positively impacted the perception of the industry and its career options. Both students and educators are more aware of manufacturing jobs in their communities, and both found events and activities held interesting and engaging. Check out the survey for more results.
Spartanburg Community College's Cherokee County campus was awarded a grant worth more than $600,000. The grant will be used to meet automotive workforce development needs, train advanced manufacturing technicians, and purchase training equipment and computers. Check out the Event Photos!
South Carolina manufacturers are stepping up to help communities recover from the record flooding. Boeing, Milliken, and Proterra are among many companies making donations to the American Red Cross. Others, like Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, Lowes, and von Drehle Corp, are helping out with food and goods donations.
Global automotive supplier Cooper Standard partners with Spartanburg Community College to celebrate Manufacturing Day with 2 events. First, on October 20, the company is inviting Spartanburg mechatronics students to its Spartanburg facility for tour. Then, on October 27, Cooper Standard will participate in Spartanburg's Manufacturing Day Open House by setting up a display and talking to students about advanced manufacturing.
For more information:
- Facility Tour: http://www.mfgday.com/events/2015/cooper-standard-3
- Manufacturing Day Open House: https://www.sccsc.edu/client/EventDetail.aspx?id=9892
Don’t miss this opportunity to Discover SCC at our Manufacturing Day Open House on October 27. Engage in a real conversation with the people who teach and practice in the manufacturing industry. This is your opportunity to discover career opportunities and pathways that match your skills and interests.
Date: October 27, 2015
Time: 4:00-7:00 PM
SCC Central Campus
(I-85 Business at New Cut Road)
107 Community College Drive
Spartanburg, SC 29303
The South Carolina Technical College System was recently awarded $5 million by the U.S. Department of Labor to help expand apprenticeship programs throughout the state. The grant is designed to increase the number of manufacturing internships and increase access to education. Spartanburg Community College expects to receive $60,000 to $70,000 but could get more depending on how many businesses in the surrounding counties participate.
A 4-step plan for career success.
In this emerging world, professions increasingly demand a combination of academic knowledge and technical ability. How can you align your career with your skills and knowledge, and available job opportunities to become successful? The Spartanburg Community College Foundation in partnership with Wells Fargo shares a 4-step plan in Aligning for Success. Watch the video below.
The number of available jobs in South Carolina is growing, but there aren't enough skilled workers to fill them. Spartanburg Community College is changing that by showing potential and current students that manufacturing is a good career path. The school's efforts are paying off too. According to Jay Coffer, Chair of the Advanced Manufacturing Department, student enrollment is the highest he's seen in his 27 years. Those students are becoming problem solvers, not just button pushers; acquiring the skill set sought job hunters from around the state.
Dorchester County, South Carolina: Innovative Machining Technology Inc. is opening a new manufacturing facility in Dorchester County. The $7.8 million investment is expected to create 45 new jobs, with hiring beginning in late 2014.
In 2013, manufacturing accounted for 17.3% of South Carolina's Gross Domestic Product (GDP), making it the state's largest industry, with durable goods contributing $17.9 billion and non-durable goods contributing $13.8 billion. Overall, the state's GDP grew 3.4 percent from 2012 to 2013.
Between 1990 and 2010, manufacturing jobs were slowly in decline. But over the past 5 years, employment growth in the manufacturing sector has been on the rise.
And while growth in Midwest states (Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio) has outpaced Southeast states (Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina), the overall picture of job growth in both regions is positive news.
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*AMTEC is supported entirely by a National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technology Education (ATE) Program Grant (0903193). (AMTEC,NSF ATE DUE-0903193)