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HGTC and Bank of America Partner to Enhance Student Programs

HGTC and Bank of America Partner to Enhance Student Programs

Bank of America awards $50,000 to support HGTC Manufacturing, continuing education, and scholarship programs.

(Conway, SC) 06/23/2021

Horry-Georgetown Technical College (HGTC) announced today Bank of America has awarded $50,000 to support HGTC programs and scholarships. HGTC will receive $35,000 for the Advanced Manufacturing program, including new technology and equipment; $10,000 for continuing education and the Train to Work MB program; and $5,000 for the HGTC Emergency Scholarship Fund.

“HGTC’s Advanced Manufacturing program prepares students for better employment opportunities with training for industry-standard software and technology,” said Brandon Haselden, Dean for Advanced Manufacturing. “Our partnership with Bank of America will allow the HGTC Manufacturing Department to offer experiences with innovative technologies like 3D printers, which are becoming common in the workplace to produce state-of-the-art prototypes. The department also will add a robotic welding cell that will provide additional high-level technology not currently available in the Advanced Welding Technologies program.”

Continuing Education programs at HGTC provide job training and up-skilling for participants to pursue immediate employment opportunities or enhance skills for career development. The Bank of America partnership will further support workforce development pathways like the CDL Training School as well as the Train to Work MB program, which mitigates barriers for students with condensed and accessible training by providing tuition and fee assistance, on-the-job-training experiences, transit and clothing vouchers, and co-enrollment in supportive programs.

In addition to programmatic support, Bank of America’s grant will help fund the HGTC Emergency Scholarship Fund, which assists academically eligible students facing crisis situations that threaten to derail their educational and career goals. The Emergency Fund allows many of these students to pursue educational opportunities that would otherwise be limited or out of reach. For the last academic year, 277 Student Emergency and Book loans totaling $82,782 have been disbursed to students in need. This represents a significant increase from the 215 loans totaling $67,745 in the prior year.

“Bank of America is investing and giving in communities to advance local economies and prepare students to pursue career path opportunities with a living wage,” said Robin Agnew, President of Bank of America Myrtle Beach. “Partnering with organizations like HGTC that are providing critical services and programs is just one example of our commitment to workforce development and how Bank of America is helping improve the quality of life in the communities we serve.”