The Greenwood Edge, a program that enables students to earn manufacturing certification through Piedmont Technical College while in high school, signed 19 students his week.
The signees, who will begin their studies this fall, will be able to earn industry-recognized certifications. They will finish the program possessing skills that employers are looking for in employees right now, and participating employers will guarantee an interview to students who complete the program, according to a news release.
The program, a $2,070 value, is offered at no cost to students through the support of the Greenwood Partnership Alliance, the Greenwood Promise and each of the county’s three public school districts. The Greenwood Promise is the fiscal agent for the Greenwood Edge.
Participation in Greenwood Edge counts as one semester toward Greenwood Promise eligibility. The Greenwood Promise is an educational initiative to provide tuition assistance for post-secondary education for eligible Greenwood County graduates. Students who complete the Greenwood Edge program can go directly into the workforce or continue working toward a mechatronics associate degree, as they will already have completed a semester of required coursework.