GCS is working to build a top-notch Career and Technical Education (CTE) Innovation Center to support students with a passion for careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
The $12.7 million facility is scheduled to open in August 2023 and will include labs and classrooms that will allow STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) students to work together and solve problems in a practical environment. Additionally, the equipment will be in line with the technologies employed in the fields the students are learning.
According to center program director Katie Porter, “The Innovation Center will be the first in the state to offer Emerging Automotive Research and one of few offering Aerospace Technology, Cybersecurity/Networking, Clean Energy Technology, and Automation and Robotics, all of which give students a competitive advantage for the future workforce.”
The Innovation Center will offer the following five programs:
- Emerging automotive research
- Aerospace technology
- Cybersecurity + networking
- Clean energy technology
- Automation robotics
The 29,145-square-foot facility will be built on the property of the Roper Mountain Science Center, at 402 Roper Mountain Road in Greenville.
On Tuesday, September 20, the GCS Board of Trustees, the GCS district administration, community leaders, and business partners attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the new facility.
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