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Training tomorrow’s high-tech workers

Horry-Georgetown Technical College prepares students for the jobs of the future.

South Carolina has been a top destination for businesses of all kinds, partly because it is home to a strong pool of skilled workers. Driving that success are schools like Horry-Georgetown Technical College (HGTC) and its Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies programs. The two-year curriculum offers students the opportunity to learn in-demand, 21st century skills, ranging from 3D printing technology to robotic welding.

Students can pursue more than 70 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs. With this training at HGTC’s campuses in the Myrtle Beach area, the college helps students quickly enter the workplace after graduation — or go on to a four-year institution to earn a bachelor’s degree. The school also helps those with work experience gain the new skills or credentials needed to get ahead in their careers.

Funding from Bank of America will allow HGTC to acquire new technology and upgrade equipment for the Advanced Manufacturing Program, plus support continuing education. In addition, bank funds are lowering the financial barriers for students to attend training classes by providing tuition assistance — and even transportation and clothing vouchers. As a result of these and other programs at HGTC, no qualified student will go without the opportunity and crucial training to achieve their goals.