Classes started this week at Northeastern Technical College's Marlboro County Industrial Training Center.
Classes started Monday for 16 students in the ManuFirst SC program.
The program provides 62 hours of free training in the areas of safety, quality practices and measurement, manufacturing processes and production, maintenance awareness, and OSHA-10. Those who successfully complete the training will earn a ManuFirst SC certificate.
"It is training for unemployed and underemployed populations in our service areas," said Dr. Mark Bunch, dean of workforce development and continuing education.
Local industries in the service area of Marlboro, Dillon, and Chesterfield counties have already identified 200 openings for graduates to apply and be employed.
"We are very excited about that partnership between the state, technical schools, and industries," he said.
At the completion, there will be a small graduation ceremony.
"As they graduate, we will announce where they are going to work," Bunch said. "It ties in with the mission of this college, which is to train the workforce for the service area. This has the opportunity to have a tremendous impact on the entire community and all of Marlboro County."
The Feb. 22 graduation will tie in with a ribbon cutting for the center at 10 a.m. on the same day.
Bunch said local, college and state officials along with state delegates, economic development board members and local industries will be in attendance.
The ribbon cutting is open to the public, who can tour the building.
The first NETC course to be held at the center will be CPT 101, which is an entry level 45-hour class that almost all of the degrees require. It is a class of 20 students.
"It initially was going to be at the Marlboro Street campus but because of the numbers we can't handle that many people there," he said.
The certified nursing assistant program will start in the coming weeks.
In the summer, Bunch said college officials will announce more classes for the fall.
"Everything we teach will be moved out here," he said. "There may be a couple of classes at Marlboro Street campus but the vast majority will be here in the fall."
The next phase for the Marlboro County Industrial Training Center includes having SCWorks move to the site and the construction of an exterior diesel mechanic shop.