Greenville Tech Foundation honors local industries at Workforce Development Salute

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Greenville Tech Foundation honors industries at Workforce Development Salute on Oct. 9. Photo provided. From left, Dr. Keith Miller, president of Greenville Technical College, Mike McCormick, vice president and technical plant manager at Bosch Rexroth, Christoph Kleu, vice president of Bosch Rexroth, Ann Wright, vice president of advancement at Greenville Tech Foundation, Dave Stafford, executive vice president of personnel and chief human resources officer at Michelin, Dr. Spence Taylor, president of Greenville Health System, Sam Erwin, chairman of the board of Greenville Tech Foundation.

Three companies were honored this year at Greenville Tech Foundation’s annual Workforce Development Salute for their support of Greenville Technical College.

The honorees — Bosch Rexroth, Greenville Health System, and Michelin North America — have given more than $2.9 million in combined gifts to the college over the years.

The foundation has had a signature annual fundraising event for the past 14 years, and for the past three years, it has been called the Workforce Development Salute. The event is the foundation’s largest fundraiser, and proceeds go to the Greenville Tech Foundation’s unrestricted funds portion of its budget.

The mission of the foundation is to support Greenville Technical College.

Last year, the Workforce Development Salute honored three individuals for their support of the college. This year, it honored these three businesses.

Bosch Rexroth, a Germany-based engineering firm that produces hydraulics and machine technology, has supported the foundation and college since 1998 with more than $625,000 in gifts. The gifts include equipment for the college’s hydraulics training labs, scholarships, and equipment for the Center for Manufacturing Innovation. The foundation said Mike McCormick, vice president of Bosch Rexroth, was also instrumental in the development of the Center for Manufacturing Innovation.

Greenville Health System, which will soon go by its new name, Prisma, has partnered with the college and foundation for several decades, donating more than $1.27 million to scholarships, lab equipment, and more. Brenda Thames, executive vice president and provost of the GHS Health Sciences Center, is a member of the foundation board of directors. GHS employees also serve on some of the college’s advisory committees to help develop curriculum. Students in Greenville Tech’s health sciences programs regularly intern at GHS and work at clinical sites as part of the health system’s partnership with the college.

Michelin North America Inc. started partnering with the college more than 30 years ago and has donated nearly $1 million to the foundation. Michelin’s Scholars Program allows students to receive on-the-job training while attending the college at no cost. Leadership at Michelin also provided guidance on the development of the college’s Center for Manufacturing Innovation. The college said Michelin has employed hundreds of Greenville Tech’s manufacturing graduates and has strengthened the Upstate’s workforce development.

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