GREENVILLE, S.C. — Greenville County Schools was selected to receive a $60K grant from The Bosch Community Fund to purchase a mobile manufacturing lab, providing a valuable resource for various science, technology, engineering and math programs and activities.
The lab will rotate among the district’s 20 middle schools, allowing more than 16,000 students to have the opportunity to experience advanced manufacturing equipment in a hands-on environment, school officials said.
“As a manufacturing facility, we care about the development of tomorrow’s workforce,” said Mike McCormick, vice president and technical plant manager of Bosch’s Fountain Inn facility. “We are a proud member of this community and happy that the Bosch Community Fund provides support in preparing students for careers in STEM-related fields.”
All Greenville County eighth graders are required to select a career cluster, and among the 16 cluster options manufacturing has historically been at the bottom or near the bottom, school officials said.
One of the goals of the mobile lab is to use simulation kits and tabletop robotics to show students that manufacturing is not a dirty job. It is clean, skilled work with high income potential.
“We are extremely appreciative of the very generous grant from the Bosch Community Fund,” said Superintendent Dr. Burke Royster. “As our schools work to educate the workforce of the future, enhancing awareness of the quality and quantity of high-paying manufacturing jobs found right here in the Upstate is of critical importance.”
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