Greenville Technical College unveiled its new Center for Manufacturing Innovation Wednesday.
Greenville Tech’s President Keith Miller says one of the driving forces behind the center is training students to help meet the needs of manufacturers.
“We have a huge responsibility to deliver that skilled workforce to them and that’s why CMI came about,” Miller said.
Pete Selleck, Chairman & President of Michelin North America, says finding people with advanced skills is one of their biggest challenges.
“Manufacturing is no longer just a physical job, it is a mental job, where people are managing computers and automation and working in teams and really solving problems,” Selleck explained.
The design of the facility is intentional – to show that the center is what modern manufacturing looks like.
“It’s not dirty. It’s not greasy. It’s not like it used to be,” said Miller. “It’s a high-tech environment that requires a highly trained individual.”
The Center for Manufacturing Innovation will feature the first of its kind manufacturing honors college as well as incubation space for start-ups.