Florence-Darlington Technical College (FDTC) Receives $1.1 Million Robotics Grant

Florence-Darlington Technical College (FDTC) President Charles W. Gould announces that FDTC will receive a $1.1 million dollar grant to establish a National Robotic Training Center.  Sixth District Congressman James E. Clyburn was instrumental in securing the funding for the center in the fiscal year 2007 Defense Appropriations bill.

The National Robotic Training Center will be housed at the College’s Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology (SIMT), which is currently under construction on a 146-acre tract behind FDTC’s main campus on U.S. Highway 52.

The center will train qualified maintenance personnel to maintain the Department of Defense's numerous robotics technologies.  Robots are already being utilized by American armed forces, and future applications include combat medical robots and routine maintenance and repair robots for military equipment in the field.

"I am pleased to be able to deliver this funding to South Carolina to insure our state will continue to play a significant role in our protecting of the safety and security of America,” said Congressman Clyburn.

Dr. Gould said, “Congressman Clyburn is both a good friend to the people of the Sixth District as well as our men and women in uniform.”