2018-01-12 / Local News

Michelin, SCC partner on ‘learn and earn’ program

By SCOTT POWELL
Ledger Staff Writer

Michelin and Spartanburg Community College have partnered to start a new scholars program in which students can learn and earn at the tire plant.

The manufacturing scholar program announced this week will allow students to be paid for workbased learning at Michelin for 28 hours per week and earn nine credit hours at Spartanburg Community College (SCC). After successful completion, students receive a manufacturing operators certificate from the college and could land a full-time job with Michelin.

The college is accepting applications for the scholars program from students in Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union counties. A total of 12 students will be accepted in the first group of Michelin Scholars. Classes begin May 14.

“All across the nation, manufacturing companies are experiencing the effects of the gaining workforce in the manufacturing industry and the many individuals who will take invaluable knowledge and experience with them when they retire,” said Jay Coffer, SCC’s advanced manufacturing department chairman. “Companies contact me almost daily looking for trained and qualified employees. They want individuals who can solve problems, who can be that lead individual and fill the huge void of those retiring.”

An Upstate job market study funded by the Duke Energy Foundation in 2014 provided data for Spartanburg Community College on the type of education programs and training necessary to meet future workforce needs.

A total of 188 companies were surveyed in Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union counties. Many companies surveyed said they are looking for workers with mechanical and electrical skills for manufacturing jobs. The employers indicated they expect 23 percent of their workers will retire over the next decade.

“For the past 50 years, Spartanburg Community College has partnered with business and industry throughout our 3-county service area of Spartanburg, Union and Cherokee counties to advance and sustain the Upstate economy by educating, training and re-training residents to work as highly skilled employees in local businesses,” SCC President Henry Giles said. “We are excited to work with Michelin to address the skills gap and workforce issues they are facing.”

Local residents interested in applying for the SCC Michelin Manufacturing Scholar Program will need to attend an introductory session on the main campus in Spartanburg and complete an employment application. The introductory sessions will be offered Feb. 6 from 9 until 11:30 a.m.; Feb. 22 from 2 until 4:30 p.m.; and March 6 from 9 until 11:30 a.m.

Registration is available online at www.sccsc.edu/michelin

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