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Spartanburg Community College and BMW to Co-host National AMTEC Maintenance 2020 Academy

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SPARTANBURG, SC - Spartanburg Community College (SCC) and BMW will co-host the Automotive Manufacturing Technical Education Collaborative (AMTEC) Academy, Maintenance 2020: What Does this Mean to the Maintenance Technicians?, on March 22-23.

AMTEC, a national collaborative of two-year colleges and global automotive industry partners, holds academies and workshops on a range of topics involving automotive manufacturing trends and training. The Maintenance 2020 Academy sessions will be held at SCC’s central campus in Spartanburg and attendees will have the opportunity to tour the BMW plant on March 23.

“We are honored to host the Maintenance 2020 Academy at SCC this year,” said Mike Forrester, SCC director of economic development and interim director of SCC’s Corporate and Community Education division.

“SCC has been an active member of AMTEC since it was established in 2005. Our involvement with AMTEC, along with our on-going partnerships with BMW and Ford, not only help keep us abreast of industry demands and trends, but we are also included in developing new curriculum for colleges and training centers nationally that will prepare tomorrow’s automotive workforce to be globally competitive.”

The Maintenance 2020 Academy will cover the expectations for the future of manufacturing sustainability, the global outlook of manufacturing, global standards for technicians, and much more. A demonstration of the AMTEC Manufacturing Simulator, a state-of-the-art manufacturing training tool, will also be held, along with a discussion on how industry and educators use the simulator for troubleshooting training.

AMTEC is a national center of excellence in advanced automotive manufacturing and is funded by the National Science Foundation as an Advance Technological Education Center. It is comprised of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and colleges in 12 states that are addressing the skills and competencies of the current and future workforce. SCC is the only technical college in South Carolina and one of only 19 community/technical colleges across the U.S. who are members of AMTEC. Global automotive manufacturing partners include BMW, Toyota, General Motors and Ford Motor Company.

For more information on AMTEC or the AMTEC Maintenance 2020 Academy, visit

Individuals interested in attending the Academy should contact Mike Forrester at (864) 592-6204.

About Spartanburg Community College

Named one of the fastest-growing colleges in the nation according to Community College Week, SCC offers more than 100 academic programs of study including associate degrees, diplomas and certificates, plus University Transfer opportunities to four-year colleges and universities. SCC provides flexible class scheduling including day, evening, weekend classes with multiple start dates and more than 100 online classes through SCCOnline. Offering the lowest tuition in the region, convenient locations, and regional/national accreditations, SCC offers educational opportunities leading to high-growth, high-demand jobs. The SCC Corporate & Community Education Division provides job and career enhancement, workforce development and personal enrichment courses and training programs. For more information, visit
About Automotive Manufacturing Technical Education Collaborative

AMTEC is a multi-college, multi-state collaborative of community and technical colleges and industry partners working together to improve the preparation of highly skilled technicians and manufacturing engineers for successful work in automobile manufacturing. Colleges and industry partners from Kentucky, Michigan, Tennessee, Alabama, Ohio, Texas, and South Carolina are the core members of the Collaborative. The lead partner for the Collaborative is the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). For more information, visit