Greenville, SC – Greenville-based Hubbell Lighting, one of the largest lighting manufacturers in North America, has pledged $25,000 to the Greenville Tech Foundation to establish a new advanced manufacturing and engineering-related endowed scholarship fund at the college.
“We have been successful partnering with local businesses and organizations in the Upstate of South Carolina to call attention to the need for a skilled workforce,” said Garth Warner, vice president of HR at Hubbell Lighting. “This awareness has translated to increased interest for careers in advanced manufacturing and engineering fields. Now is a perfect time for us capitalize on the momentum generated by this awareness to take action and continue leading by example.”
The five-year commitment from Hubbell Lighting, which is conveniently located next door to the Greenville Technical College Gene Haas Center for Manufacturing Innovation at Millennium Park, will benefit students enrolled in programs within the college’s School of Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Technology including Mechatronics Technology and Computer Numerical Control Programming & Operations.
Greenville Tech and Hubbell are currently in discussions to develop an apprenticeship program and lighting-specific curriculum.
The Hubbell Lighting Scholarship Fund will help the company and the college develop a highly skilled workforce of graduates that have access to significant career opportunities. Students graduating from this program would immediately be ideal candidates to work with Hubbell Lighting as it produces indoor and outdoor lighting products for commercial, industrial, institutional, and residential markets. With the pace of innovation in the lighting industry continuing to accelerate, access to a talent pool of skilled labor is a big part of its business and critical to its success.
Hubbell Lighting is active in promoting STEM related initiatives in the region. The company participates in Greenville County School's Engineering Week program and iMAGINE Upstate. It has also partnered with Greenville Tech on Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Night at the Greenville Drive, an event designed to introduce K-12 students and their parents to the many opportunities available in this sector.
“It is ideal when industry leaders like Hubbell Lighting join forces with Greenville Technical College on workforce development,” said Ann Wright, vice president for advancement with the Greenville Tech Foundation. “This generous gift will provide students who might otherwise struggle to pay for college with a clear path to success as it provides a pipeline of qualified job candidates.”
About Hubbell Lighting
Hubbell Lighting is elevating the lighting experience. Empowered by lighting solutions that integrate seamlessly into their environment, save energy, provide improved quality of light, deliver return on investment and armed with Hubbell’s unflinching support, its customers are able to think differently about how, where, and when they can use light. As one of the largest lighting fixture manufacturers in North America, it features a suite of brands that provide a full range of indoor and outdoor lighting products serving the commercial, industrial, institutional, and residential markets. Learn more at hubbelllighting.com and engage with the company online at LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube and Facebook.
About Greenville Technical College
Greenville Technical College (GTC) is a five-campus system where nearly 25,000 students are annually preparing for the strongest careers of today and tomorrow. Established in 1962, the college’s mission is to transform students’ lives and help the community thrive by providing a world-class, affordable education. With more than 100 curriculum program choices along with short-term training for career and personal development, Greenville Technical College gives employers a ready supply of skilled workers and provides students with an education that will help them succeed. First accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges in 1968, the college’s accreditation was reaffirmed in 2013 for a ten-year period – the maximum time period possible. Regional accreditation allows students to transfer easily and gives employers assurance that job candidates from Greenville Technical College have received a quality education.