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Florence-Darlington Technical College Receives Donation From Xometry To Fund Tuition For 33 Students

Representatives of Xometry, FDTC, the SiMT, and students gather after the press conference announcing the donation.
Wed, 07/20/2022

FLORENCE, S.C.  (July 19, 2022) – The Florence-Darlington Technical College Educational Foundation (FDTC) recently received one of the largest donations in the college’s history from global technology company Xometry, Inc. (NASDAQ: XMTR) to help fund tuition for 28 Machine Tool Technology students and five Mechanical Engineering students for the Fall 2022 semester. Additionally, the chosen Machine Tool Technology students will qualify for funds to support the purchase of tools. Both programs at the college boast high job placement rates. Machine Tool Technology has a rate of 98%, and Mechanical Engineering Technology has a rate of 95%.

“Florence-Darlington Technical College can’t thank Xometry enough for this generous donation,” said FDTC President Dr. Jermaine Ford. “It’s so wonderful to have partners like Xometry, which is committed to developing the next generation of skilled labor. Our Machine Tool Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology programs produce incredibly talented graduates who are eager to enter the workforce.”

Xometry is dedicated to being a good steward of its business and the broader communities it serves. Through Xometry’s Donor Advised Fund (DAF), Xometry commits capital to educational and charitable institutions focused on training new generations of mechanical engineers, machinists and technicians.

“Xometry believes that manufacturing is the bedrock of a strong American economy, and it will continue to be the foundation of production for generations to come,” said Laurence Zuriff, Co-Founder of Xometry and Managing Director of Xometry’s DAF. “Manufacturing requires an increasingly skilled workforce and, through our Donor Advised Fund, we’re committed to investing in talent that will support manufacturing growth in the United States.”

“The SiMT (Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology) at FDTC works with Xometry on numerous 3D printing projects, while touting a 96% on-time delivery of finished products. In fact, the SiMT has been recognized as a recipient of Xometry’s Excellence in Manufacturing Award for four consecutive years, and is also recognized as a Premium Manufacturing Partner. We are thrilled that Xometry has recognized our Additive team’s hard work by providing tuition assistance to our students, in support of the SiMT’s mission.” Tressa Gardner, Associate Vice President, SiMT

For more information on academic programs at FDTC, please visit or call 843-661-8324.

About Florence-Darlington Technical College

Florence-Darlington Technical College (FDTC) has provided affordable, technical education to thousands of Pee Dee area students since 1963. FDTC currently enrolls more than 3,000 curriculum students and approximately 3,500 non-credit students annually, through the college’s Corporate and Workforce Development division, located at the Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology (SiMT).

About Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology

The mission of the Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology (SiMT) is to support our students’ and Florence-Darlington Technical College’s future through development of exceptional business solutions for our clients in a timely, efficient manner by providing leading subject matter experts, effective communication, personal attention and unparalleled service to our customers. Our overarching goal is to accomplish our mission by supporting your business through one or more of the SiMT’s business units.

About Xometry

Xometry (NASDAQ: XMTR) powers the industries of today and tomorrow by connecting the people with big ideas to the manufacturers who can bring them to life. Xometry’s digital marketplace gives manufacturers the critical resources they need to grow their business while also making it easy for buyers at Fortune 1000 companies to tap into global manufacturing capacity and create locally resilient supply chains. Learn more at or follow @xometry.