Nucor Steel Donations help two programs at Greenville Technical College

FEBRUARY 12, 2014

Nucor Steel Donations help two programs at Greenville Technical College

Nucor Steel's gift of 60 tons of steel valued at $46,000 was initially slated to help the welding students in their labs at the Brashier and Barton campuses at Greenville Technical College (GTC) - but, the gift kept giving.  The company is located in Darlington, SC and is approximately 200 miles away which created an interesting logistical challenge.  How does GTC get the steel to their learning labs in Greenville?  

This is where the GTC Truck Driving Training Program stepped in.  Three students and their instructor took eight hours to drive the round-trip and spent another hour at the Nucor site loading and securing the steel.  Truck Driver Training Department head, Brian Chambers, said, "The travel, the work of getting trucks in position to load the steel, and the loading and unloading of the steel are exactly what our program's graduates will do when they go into the world of work.  This was a tremendous opportunity to gain real world experience that will greatly assist our students."

Once the steel safely arrived, the Welding Department utilized the donation in its labs.  Welding Department head, Kelvin Byrd, said, "This is a significant gift that will ensure the students at Greenville Tech have real world experience in their labs, and are best prepared for the world of work.  There is a great demand for skilled, well-trained welders."  Nucor Shipping Supervisor, Phillip Clarke said, "The students did a great job of moving the product onto their trucks.  We were pleased to assist the welding students at Greenville Tech.  Many will have the opportunity to work with our products in the jobs they receive when they graduate."

In picture, left to right: Kelvin Byrd, Greenville Technical College (GTC) Welding Department Head; Bill Dearman, GTC Truck Driver Training (TDT) student; John Achille, GTC TDT student; John Crawford, GTC TDT student; Phillip Clarke, Nucor Shipping Supervisor; Ralph Paterson GTC TDT instructor; and, Robin Allen NUCOR Inventory Control Manager.