GREENWOOD, S.C. – Greenwood Edge, a program that enables students to earn a Manufacturing Production Technician Certificate through Piedmont Technical College (PTC) while in high school, is launching in Greenwood County SC. The program will begin with a cohort of 24 students in fall 2018.
Greenwood Edge was created in response to recommendations outlined by a consulting company that assisted the Greenwood Partnership Alliance in creating its strategic plan, along with feedback generated from local industry leaders, Piedmont Technical College, and Greenwood County public and private schools.
“Part of the Greenwood Partnership Alliance’s Mission is to improve educational achievement to enhance the quality of life in Greenwood County,” said Heather Jones, CEO of GPA. “This program does exactly that while also helping to provide a ready workforce for economic growth as well.”
The Greenwood Edge is available for rising Junior and Senior students (public, private, & homeschool) that initially allows them to earn a Manufacturing Production Technician Certificate while in high school. These students can either go directly into the workforce upon graduation or continue working toward a Mechatronics Associate degree as they will already have completed a semester of coursework toward that end.