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Workforce & Training

Topics:  Workforce Development    Automotive Technical Education     Automotive Graduate Education

CNBC ranks the South Carolina workforce as the 5th best in the nation, based on quality and availability of workers and workforce training. This comes as no surprise as the 10-county Upstate encompasses a population of more than 1.37 million and has grown at a rate of 10% since 2000. South Carolina is also a right-to-work state and has one of the lowest unionization rates in the nation.

South Carolina has a strong workforce development system.  Highlighted by the SC Technical College System and readySCTM program, it is capable of rapidly preparing and retraining workers for new manufacturing systems, such as those potentially required by automotive manufacturing operations.  
    For almost 50 years, readySCTM, has been recognized as one of the nation's premier and most-experienced workforce training programs. Operated through the SC Technical College System, it provides customized workforce training at little or no cost to companies located in the area

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Technical Education

Upstate South Carolina is home to four technical colleges focused on serving the needs of local business and industry. The technical college system works hand-in-hand with its affiliate programs: readySCTM , Apprenticeship CarolinaTM  and QuickJobs CarolinaTM, so companies located in the area can take full advantage of the extensive education and training network.

The technical college system in the Upstate offers multiple automotive related degrees and certificates, including:
  • Auto Body
  • Automotive Technology
  • Diesel Equipment Technology
  • Motorsports Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology with Auto Focus
  • Welding Programs
  • Machine Tool Technology
  • Lean Manufacturing & ISO Programs

Graduate Education - Automotive Engineering 

Clemson University's Carroll A. Campbell Jr. Graduate Engineering Center at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research offers the first PhD program in automotive engineering in the US.

The goal of the program is to produce technical leaders who possess the critical thinking, technical skills, and creativity necessary to handle ever-increasing product complexity, lead product innovation, understand and adapt to changing market and workplace demands, and function in a global environment.  

The program is industry focused and draws on the engagement of industry partners working side by side with the faculty to achieve its goals. Students in the program have the opportunity to work on real world problems with industry partners through research and internship opportunities and graduates are in excellent demand. Graduates from the program gain employment at global automotive companies, suppliers, and innovative start-ups.

2011 - Graduate & Technology Education (GATE) Center of Excellence
US Department of Energy

Workforce Development Programs

The Clemson University Center for Workforce Development, a center for aviation and automotive technology education, will use virtual and distance learning to drive a statewide initiative to create a skilled workforce for South Carolina’s leading aviation and automotive industries. In partnering with technical colleges and industry, the collaboration will drive workforce development by providing technicians for the state’s new manufacturing industries that most need labor with specific skills.

Clemson will develop the program in partnership with the following technical colleges:
  • Greenville Technical College for automotive and aviation engineering and virtual school technology;
  • Florence-Darlington Technical College for distance learning, industry partnerships for technician education;
  • Trident Technical College for aviation manufacturing
  • Florence-Darlington Technical College to focus on expanding excellence in technician education.
A National Science Foundation (NSF)  Advanced Technological Education (ATE) satellite resource center will be created at Greenville Technical College for this initiative.