Duke Energy Funds "80 to Work" Program

OCTOBER 31, 2017

Duke Energy funds "80 to Work" program that takes students from start to CNC operator in just two weeks



Presenting a check to the Greenville Tech Foundation at the Center for Manufacturing Innovation are Duke Energy's Amanda Dow (far left), manager of corporate giving in South Carolina and Linda Hannon (second from left), government and community relations manager. Receiving the gift from Greenville Technical College are Dr. Jermaine Whirl (center), vice president for economic development and corporate training, Ann Wright (second from right), vice president for advancement with the Greenville Tech Foundation, and Dr. Keith Miller, (far right), president of the college.


A new initiative at Greenville Technical College allows students to gain the skills to become CNC operators through 80 intensive hours of focused training. Those completing the program go  from start to finish in two weeks, leaving them qualified to work in the manufacturing environment as entry-level CNC operators and prepared for the interviews available to them as "80 to Work" completers.

The Duke Energy Foundation is a launch partner for the initiative with a $50,000 gift. This support provides supplies for those participating including books and access to simulation while it also offsets the cost of mentorship.

Greenville Technical College is partnering with SC Works Greenville to recruit and serve students.  Applicants must successfully complete a drug test and work keys profile test, earning a silver level work keys score or higher for entry into the program of study. GTC partners with Machining Training Solutions to offer the program and works with employers to guarantee interviews for those who complete the requirements and finish "80 to Work."

"80 to Work" utilizes a patented software package that simulates processes and machines for any brand on the market. The program combines hands-on applications, machining, and simulation work to teach the basics of how to operate any CNC machine. Skills covered include safety, math for machining, blueprint reading, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, metrology, tooling, fixtures, ISO standards, Lean/Six Sigma/5S, and CNC control panels. After completing the two weeks of training, students receive an additional six months of mentoring while accessing a clear pathway for students to further their education through an associate degree.

"'80 to Work' is a response to Upstate employers who have immediate needs for CNC operators, and we've seen their positive responses as seven organizations have already committed to guaranteeing interviews to completers," said Dr. Jermaine Whirl, vice president for the Economic Development and Corporate Training division at Greenville Technical College. "This is a strong opportunity for people who are willing to spend two weeks developing skills that should translate into an entry-level position paying approximately $17 or more an hour."

To enroll or inquire about the program, contact Mr. Larry Roberson at 864.250.8276 or at Larry.Roberson@gvltec.edu.

More information may also be found at www.gvltec.edu/80towork.