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AdvanceSC Awards $1 Million to Upstate Technical Colleges

November 13, 2007

Grant will help upgrade technology curriculum

Greenville, S.C. (November 13, 2007) – AdvanceSC announced today it has awarded a $1 million grant to the Upstate Alliance for Technical Training (UATT) for the expansion of the Industrial Maintenance Technology (IMT) program, which is being updated to include a more technologically advanced mechatronics focus. The board of directors also awarded $1.25 million to UATT last year, making the total AdvanceSC funding for this initiative at $2.25 million.

The four technical colleges involved in the alliance are Greenville Technical College, Piedmont Technical College, Spartanburg Community College and Tri-County Technical College. The purpose of the alliance is to encourage a regional approach to workforce development training that addresses the needs of the entire Upstate.

“AdvanceSC is proud to serve the needs of our community and recognizes this collaboration as a necessary approach for our state to produce a skilled and proficient work force,” said Carol Burdette, AdvanceSC president, during today’s news conference held at BMW Manufacturing. “Our board agrees that this grant will make an impact on local communities and better serve employers throughout the region.”

The UATT initiative plans to launch the associate degree for the new curriculum in the fall of 2008. This program will provide employers with an expanded range of job applicants and ensure that the need for highly skilled and knowledgeable workers in the manufacturing sector is met.

“This project represents the critical second phase of the UATT initiative to create a ready pool of industrial maintenance technicians with the skills needed to work in advanced manufacturing,” said Cynthia Eason, who serves on the board of directors for UATT.

The new mechatronics curriculum will be composed of certificate completion, associate degrees and continuing education. The programs can also be customized for specific employer needs.

Using comparable training methods at each institution will maintain consistent skill sets and credentials for those trained in the program who will be equipped to excel in the manufacturing industry.

AdvanceSC supports education, economic growth, existing manufacturing and public assistance agencies in Duke Energy’s South Carolina service area. Established as a limited liability company by Duke Energy in 2004, AdvanceSC is funded with profits from the company's BPM program and is managed by an independent board of Upstate S.C. leaders. More information can be found at www.advancesc.org.