Upstate Schools Help Close Skills Gap for Manufacturers

Last month marked another milestone for Upstate South Carolina’s manufacturing sector when the groundbreaking of the Center for Manufacturing Innovation (CMI) was finally announced.


The $25 million dollar collaboration between Clemson University and Greenville Technical College should increase the number of skilled workers available for Upstate manufacturers. While the Upstate already has a strong pipeline for developing a modern day labor force, the goal of the CMI will be to close the skills gap many manufacturers may face.

CMI will offer education designed to meet industry needs including dual credit programs in partnership with Greenville County Schools, programs that allow a student o move from associate degree to bachelor’s degree, and workforce training and certificate programs that increase the qualifications of manufacturing employees. In addition, students will benefit from internships and apprenticeships, gaining practical experience while working alongside experienced engineers, faculty and staff.

The Center for Manufacturing Innovation will be located at the Millennium Campus next to Clemson’s International Center for Automotive Research

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