By Michael McCullough, PR director, Greenville-based Hubbell Lighting
Hubbell Lighting recently announced a $25,000 pledge to the Greenville Technical College Foundation for a new advanced manufacturing and engineering-related endowed scholarship fund at the college. The announcement provides us with an opportunity to take stock of the progress the Greenville community has made inspiring the next generation of engineers.
But there’s still work to be done. For example, it’s great that Hubbell Lighting and Greenville Tech have this program in place. But who is going to take us up on the offer?
If we demonstrate a commitment to both the young people and those looking to make a career change in this region, we believe they will take notice of the opportunities and deliver on the skills they need to be a part of our collective success.
The Hubbell Lighting Scholarship Fund is another example of how the leading employers in this region aren’t sitting back and taking a passive approach to workforce development. As the popular saying goes around here, and with all due respect to USC fans, we’re “all in.”
As one of the largest lighting manufacturers in North America, skilled labor is key to our success at Hubbell Lighting. The Hubbell Lighting Scholarship Fund at Greenville Tech 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 and operations.
We are currently in discussions with Greenville Tech to develop an apprenticeship program and lighting-specific curriculum. This is an example of how we are channeling our inner marksman and creating scholarship and grant funding programs that will be immediately transferable to careers at Hubbell Lighting.
Students graduating from this program will be ideal candidates to work with us as we produce 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 our business and critical to our success.
We’re confident in this program because we’re building on the established success of our Hubbell Foundation Engineering Scholarship Endowment at Clemson University. This need-based scholarship, which is reserved for juniors majoring in engineering disciplines in the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences, has already paid mutually-beneficial dividends for the student and us.
We’ve also launched a similar scholarship with the University of South Carolina Upstate. Through Clemson University, Greenville Tech and USC Upstate. We’re doing our part to present students and those looking to make a career change with a clear path to opportunity.
The future of South Carolina is dependent upon a steady, homegrown workforce. We look forward to being part of the conversation as we work toward solutions to bridge the skills gap and build a South Carolina workforce of the future.