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Greenville Technical College graduates first chemical operator class

Staff Report
Published Feb. 19, 2013

Greenville Technical College’s chemical operator program recently graduated its first class of 11 students.

Local chemical manufacturers, whose names were not disclosed, created the idea for the program when they were unable to find qualified, entry-level employees. The program is designed to allow the graduate to step into an unskilled role at a chemical facility and to grow skills from there.

Greenville Works, Greenville Tech and the local companies developed the program. Of the 11 graduates, four were offered positions with the companies where they completed on-the-job training, a component of the program.

On-the-job training allows students to apply what they have learned in the classroom, while also giving employers the chance to assess a potential employee’s skills, according to a news release.

Classes for the 120-hour program began Dec. 3. Students spent three weeks in the classroom followed by three weeks with a local company. The curriculum included forklift training, material handling and process operations.

Each graduate received a forklift and chemical operator training certification.

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