SC college notes, June 22

06/22/2014 12:00 AM

06/21/2014 9:37 PM

$13 million renovation begins on Advanced Manufacturing Technology Training Center at Coastal Carolina Tech

Work has begun on a $13 million renovation of the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Training Center at Coastal Carolina Technical College in Sumter.

The center, located in an old Walmart building, will be used in part to train employees for a new Continental Tire manufacturing plant.

The Item of Sumter reports groundbreaking for the center was held Thursday with local and state officials on hand. The building being renovated is just over 100,000 square feet, with about a third of that to be used specifically for training Continental workers.

The company opened a new $500 million plant in Sumter earlier this year.

The Associated Press

Department of Commerce awards $2 million grant for Clemson automotive research campus

The U.S. Department of Commerce is awarding a $2 million grant for a building project at Clemson University’s automotive research campus in Greenville.

The Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration is making the grant for the Research One building the university is planning at the International Center for Automotive Research.

The Research One building would provide space for private-public partnerships focused on developing new technologies in the automotive, mobility and IT fields, supporting the intersection of productivity, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

The new building would be erected adjacent to the Center for Emerging Technologies, which the Commerce Department supported through a $3 million investment in 2009.

The Greenville News

Furman golf scholarship grad to become prime minister of Finland

A man who attended Furman University on a golf scholarship is set to become the next prime minister of Finland.

Alexander Stubb, who graduated from the Greenville college in 1993, is the leader of the Scandinavian country’s largest party, The National Coalition Party, said Brent Nelsen, a political science professor who taught Stubb years ago.

The leader of the largest party becomes prime minister, he said.

“Everybody knew that he was destined for big things,” said Nelsen, who co-authored a book with Stubb in 1993 and who remains friends with him.

Originally at Furman on a golf scholarhship, Stubb played for a while, but realized he couldn’t be a serious student and play golf too, said Furman spokesman Vince Moore. So he abandoned the links for his studies, he said, eventually winning the Bradshaw-Feaster Medal for General Excellence as the top male graduate in the class.

Stubb attended the Sorbonne, the College of Europe and the London School of Economics before becoming the Finnish foreign minister, Nelsen said.

He was elected as one of Finland’s representatives to the European Parliament and most recently served as Finland’s minister for European affairs and foreign trade, according to Furman.

The Greenville News

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