Dorchester County is on the verge of new industry and educational opportunities that Economic Development Director John Truluck celebrated with a crowd of local business leaders Tuesday at the Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Industry Appreciation Luncheon.
The Dorchester County Career and Technology Center is opening a Summerville campus on Trolley Road, and Truluck talked of Trident Technical College’s plans to build a future $79 million aeronautical center in North Charleston. Dorchester District Two is also operating an advanced manufacturing education program at Summerville High School and STEM programs are on the rise in county middle schools, Truluck said.
He told the business community that the state is “overproducing four-year graduates and underproducing two-year graduates” for an area job market that now has a higher investment and focus on jobs requiring a two-year degree. So-called “high impact clusters” center on the following industries: automotive, aerospace, information technology, life sciences and advanced logistics.