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By supporting advancement of non-traditional innovation, your gift furthers the ability of faculty and students to successfully adapt and achieve across multiple platforms.  

Real-world expertise combined with innovative adaptations can reinforce the most traditional expectations and strengthen some decidedly non-traditional opportunities.

Tim Ellis, coordinator of the Engineering Technology Management (ETM) program and Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt in business management strategy, is one of the faculty members working to create such opportunities through the Carolinas Virtual World Consortium.

He is currently sharing his 20 years’ experience as a textile engineer in partnership with SimHub at the University Center of Greenville to create a new virtual factory simulation.

“In the virtual factory, we are simulating manufacturing processes,” says Ellis. “The interactive simulations will provide a ‘game-like’feel to the millennial students and improve access for the non-traditional students with the simulations available 24/7.”

In recognizing the viability of blending real-world expertise and innovative adaptation, USC Upstate continues to demonstrate its commitment to providing students with the resources they need to succeed.

“Virtual worlds are the next generation of online learning, expanding on webcams and recorded lectures,” says Ellis. “As the technology continues to improve we will be able to bring a classroom-like experience to anyone who can connect.”

 "If we are going to improve the standard of living in our community, it is in our collective best interest to invest in USC Upstate."

- Chris Crowley, Campaign Chair  

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