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Charles Warner|Daily TimesThe Union County Advanced Technology Center will host an open house Thursday, June 19, from 4-7 p.m. to give local residents the opportunity to learn more about educational programs offered by the center and other institutions and organizations that can help those who take them start a new career.
Charles Warner|Daily TimesThe Union County Advanced Technology Center will host an open house Thursday, June 19, from 4-7 p.m. to give local residents the opportunity to learn more about educational programs offered by the center and other institutions and organizations that can help those who take them start a new career.
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UNION COUNTY — Representatives of a BMW program that helps finance the education of students interested in careers in manufacturing while also providing them with part-time employment will take part in an open house at the Union County Advanced Technology Center.


The open house, which will be held Thursday, June 19, from 4-7 p.m., is one of three open houses sponsored by Spartanburg Community College next week.


“The goal of this event is to promote programs, services and course offerings by Spartanburg Community College and expose students to the many opportunities available at the Union County Advanced Technology Center,” Site Coordinator Kathy Jo Lancaster said Friday. “Faculty and staff from the various divisions will be on hand to meet with students, parents, and residents about Spartanburg Community College programs that lead to rewarding employment in high-growth and high-demand fields.”


Lancaster added that several local businesses will also participate in the event and that representatives from the SCC Corporate and Community Education Division will be available to assist students and employers with any training needs. She said the division provides “customized training, private consultation, and professional development opportunities to increase profitability and productivity in the business setting.”


BMW Technical Scholars


Thursday will also be the first time that representatives from the BMW Technical Scholars program will participate in an open house at the technology center.


“We are excited to have BMW representatives here to answer questions about the BMW Scholars program,” Lancaster said. “This is a wonderful opportunity for students interested in manufacturing-related degrees. The program allows students to attend class full-time and work part-time at the BMW manufacturing plant. BMW provides tuition assistance while students are actively participating in the program.”


Work Ready


Lancaster said increased public awareness of the Union County Work Ready Community Plan is another goal of the open house.


“We hope to increase awareness and access to to the specialized training programs here at Advanced Technology Center,” Lancaster said. “This program provides linkages to K-12 career development and career and technical education. The end result will be that our businesses will have access to a trained workforce and residents will have the knowledge and skills needed to compete for the jobs of today and the careers of tomorrow.”


Scholarship


Those who attend Thursday’s open house will also have the opportunity to win door prizes and/or a $500 scholarship.


“When they enter the door they will register for the scholarship and the door prizes,” Lancaster said. “If they win the scholarship they can use it to attend classes here, but they don’t have to go here as long as they attend a Spartanburg Community College campus.”


Gem


In addition to providing the public with information about the educational services provided by SCC, the BMW Technical Scholars program, and the opportunities presented by the Union County Work Ready Community Plan, Lancaster said the goal of the open house is to encourage the public to make use of the technology center.


“The Advanced Technology Center is one of Union County’s gems,” Lancaster said. “Residents just need to take advantage of what is available.”


For more information about the Union County Advanced Technology Center call 864-466-1060.

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