Governor Mark Sanford’s summit on higher education drew a packed crowd to a Midlands Technical College auditorium in West Columbia Tuesday.
Executive Director of the South Carolina Higher Education Commission Garrison Walters was among the key speakers. He talked about a need for a better-educated workforce.
We now have a shift to a knowledge economy. What companies are saying is “What we need now are people with highly technical skills and we aren’t getting them.”
Michael Poliakoff, policy director of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, said schools are adjusting as necessary to the poor economy, using a new model of education: “Universities are now doing more with less and many across the country are suspending building projects.”