CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – HGTC has plans to build two Advanced Manufacturing Centers, which will triple the space available to students. Right now, there are more people on the waiting list than enrolled in classes, according to Professor Brandon Haselden.
Haselden explained one center will be located across from HGTC's Conway Campus, the second will be in Georgetown. Each building should have a similar blueprint within the 30,000 square feet facility.
Currently, Haselden said, the machine and tool classes only have 4,500 square feet while welding classes have 1,500 square feet.
While the centers will look similar, the prices are slightly different. According to Haselden, the Georgetown center will cost around $8 million dollars to be built while the Conway Center will cost closer to $5 million.
The school is able to save money for the Conway campus because the majority of equipment has already been purchased.
In his experience, Haselden has seen a huge increase in the demand for classes since they were implemented nearly a year and a half ago. He explained the program went on hiatus for 12-15 years because HGTC shifted its efforts to building up programs focused on tourism and hospitality.
The school, Haselden said, recognized the need for manufacturing and welding programs.
While the new centers will increase the class space, they will also create a larger workforce of highly trained workers.
Professors believe this will get the attention of businesses looking to build or expand in the area.