Conway Campus Manufacturing Campaign
The Manufacturing industry is recognized as one of the driving forces behind economic recovery and is essential to ongoing economic prosperity, while individuals proficient in the areas of (Advanced Welding Technology, Machine Tool/CNC, and Mechatronics) are among the most sought after and highly paid workers in America! A shortage of training in these fields limits the future growth potential and prosperity of Horry County.
Employers across South Carolina have expressed the difficulties in accessing a steady pipeline of these highly trained workers, and in response to the industry demands, HGTC has constructed a 25,000 square foot training facility located across Highway 501 from it's Conway Campus. This new facility will triple the amount of class space for Welding and Machine Tool students and provides future expansion opportunity for Robotics and Mechatronics programs in the next 3 - 5 years.
While the Advanced Manufacturing Program is expected to be one of the most successful programs we offer, with high job placement rate and a demand for these specific skilled workers; it is also one of the most expensive technical programs to run. Operating costs are very high and an absence of a large manufacturing comapny partnership, ultimately leaves the college to fund the operating expenses via tuition for the first 3 years.
HGTC has the lowest tuition in the state, and desires to maintain its history of providing high-quiality and affordable education. There will be no tuition increase associated with this project.