2018 WDS3

2018 Workforce Development Salute - October 9, 2018

This year's Workforce Development Salute was held on October 9, 2018 at Greenville Technical College's new aircraft maintenance facility at SCTAC. The Workforce Development Salute is one of the premier events in our community with more than 400 business and community leaders in attendance.

The 2018 honorees were:

Bosch Rexroth

True partners give support and assistance on an ongoing basis. That's clearly the case with the team at Bosch Rexroth. Since 1998 Bosch Rexroth and the Bosch Community Fund have given financial support to the Greenville Tech Foundation and the students and faculty at Greenville Technical College (GTC) with gifts valued in excess of $625,000. These gifts equipped the hydraulic training lab and the hydraulics/pneumatics simulation lab, both at the Center for Manufacturing Innovation (CMI), the Bosch Advanced Manufacturing Honors College, scholarships for Quick Jobs With a Future students, and support of the CMI equipment upgrade/replacement fund.

The partnership was made even stronger with the assistance given by Bosch Rexroth Vice President Mike McCormick, who was instrumental in planning and development of CMI. He stood with GTC in seeking funding from Greenville County Council. Mike McCormick described the partnership with Greenville Tech as "mutually beneficial for the college and Bosch Rexroth as well as providing to many people the skills needed to be productive, successful members of our community."

Greenville Health System

Greenville Health System (GHS) has been a committed partner and investor of the Greenville Tech Foundation and Greenville Technical College (GTC) for decades. The support for academic scholarships for students in healthcare careers makes a significant and lasting impact on our workforce, local economy, and quality of life.

Over the years, Greenville Health System has contributed more than $1,267,000 to support our students, classroom and lab equipment, and so much more. Dr. Brenda Thames, Executive Vice President and Provost of the GHS Health Sciences Center, serves as a member of the Foundation Board of Directors. Many GHS employees serve on advisory committees and help develop curriculum. In addition, GHS works with the College to provide internships and clinical sites so that our students receive the very best hands-on training and skills.

GHS has a rich history of employing GTC graduates. "Greenville Technical College is an invaluable partner in cultivating a workforce essential for transforming health care delivery," said Greenville Health System President Spence M. Taylor, MD. "By working together, Greenville Health System and Greenville Technical College are responsibly leveraging resources to accomplish more than any one of us could by ourselves for the future of the region."

Michelin North America

Michelin North America began its partnership with Greenville Technical College (GTC) more than 30 years ago and has contributed nearly $1M dollars.

The technical college is a leader in our community, strengthening the development of a highly skilled workforce in the Upstate. GTC participates in the Michelin Technical Scholars Program where students complete on-the-job training while gaining experience with industrial technologies.

Michelin has employed hundreds of graduates of GTC who skillfully contribute to our manufacturing success. Michelin strongly supported the Center for Manufacturing Innovation (CMI) and provided guidance and input through the service by employees on the Greenville Tech Foundation Board, CMI, advisory councils, and the Area Commission.

"When Michelin first started manufacturing tires in the Upstate, we needed a highly skilled workforce to help us produce the best tires in the world. That need was great then and it is even more important to us today. Greenville Technical College has been a valuable partner in our journey and is an important part of our success," said Dave Stafford, Chief Human Resources Officer of Michelin North America, Inc. "We look forward to our continued partnership with Greenville Technical College and welcoming many more of their graduates to Michelin."

Together, these honorees have funded programs that benefit more than 3,000 students annually and contributed more than $3 million to the Greenville Tech Foundation.