FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                  1/7/2020

                                                                                                            (By Lisa Garrett)

            PENDLETON --- Tri-County Technical College received a $57,310 grant to award 20 scholarships for industry-based training that can give individuals the skills training and certifications that can qualify them to work in local manufacturing within two weeks. 

The grant was awarded to Tri-County by the SC Department of Employment and Workforce through the SC Technical College System.

Individuals can apply now for the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) classes that will begin in February.  Contact Wade Pitts at 646-1718 or visit him at the Industrial and Business Development Center on the Pendleton Campus.

This four-week class will begin in February.

MSSC classes cover four areas of concentration in the Certified Production Technician training curriculum:  safety; quality practices and measurement; manufacturing processes; and production and maintenance awareness.

Applicants are referred to WorkLink to verify eligibility for scholarships, followed by a criminal background check and drug screening test.  Applicants also must score Silver on the WorkKeys exam.

Once accepted, within two weeks of class individuals can participate in interviews with local manufacturers and be eligible for employment, said Dr. Rick Cothran, dean of the Corporate and Community Education Division at Tri-County.  

“MSSC training is the perfect way for qualified folks to get their foot in the door.  Successful students will be guaranteed an interview.  We have a 95 percent placement rate with our MSSC program,” he added.

Tri-County administers the MSSC Certified Production Technician program to help build a new workforce through skills upgrades and can reduce on-the-job training for new employees so they can be productive their first day on the job, Dr. Cothran said.  “Industry tells us that this type of training cuts on-the-job training by one third.”

Since 2009 Tri-County has taught MSSC classes that assist in providing area companies with a qualified, more productive workforce.

Tri-County Technical College is the third largest awarder of MSSC Certifications nationwide.

For more information contact Dr. Rick Cothran at 864-646-1701 or