Manufacturing certification class can help individuals get better jobs

Made in the USA is making a comeback and as a result manufacturing is booming in South Carolina, but that boom also means there is a great need for a skilled workforce. To help address that challenge, Central Carolina Technical College, in partnership with the SC Technical College System, will soon begin training individuals for the South Carolina Manufacturing Certification (SCMC).

Retiring baby boomers and the ever-increasing use of advanced technology in manufacturing present challenges to communities who wish to attract and retain manufacturers.  SCMC is an effort launched by the SC Technical College System to address the need for a skilled workforce.

According to Elizabeth Williams, director of workforce development at the local college, offering this type of training is necessary because "studies show that the majority of future jobs will need more than high school diploma and less than a four-year degree."

“The South Carolina Manufacturing Certification is designed to address South Carolina skills gap,” said Williams.  “Through SCMC, we are working to meet the workforce demands of advanced manufacturers here in Sumter.  The jobs provided by these companies are good jobs with competitive wages and benefits.  This program is a real win for the community.”

SCMC is an entry level advanced manufacturing certification designed to provide the skills needed for individuals to be successful in the growing manufacturing industry.  It consists of 200 hours of state-funded training comprised of three core certificate programs plus 40 hours of hands-on training in state-of-the-art labs. 

The first class at Central Carolina is enrolling now, and is planned to begin on January 13. The cost of the program is covered by scholarship offered by the South Carolina General Assembly to eligible students. Students are required to pay a $20 fee for drug screening and a background check. Non-eligible students may enroll for $2,099. Classes will run every week day except Friday. Times for the classes have yet to be determined.
Ideal candidates for the program include unemployed, underemployed or veterans looking to start a career in advanced manufacturing.  Applicants must successfully complete a drug screen and background check, score silver or better on the WorkKeys test, provide documentation of at least a high school diploma or GED and be committed to completing the program.

“These are individuals that need employment or better employment quickly, or just need the basic skills training to gain a better job," Williams said.

The program will also benefit manufacturers looking for people with the skills that they require because they hire entry-level workers with no prior experience in manufacturing in most cases, according to Williams.

For more information, please visit the SCMC website at or contact Central Carolina Technical College at 803.778.6656.


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Date/Time Published:10/9/2014 2:08