The connection between education, research, industry, and job creation will be the main topic of discussion at congressional field hearing in Greenville Tuesday.
The U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce will meet at 1 pm in the Carolina First Gallery. The Clemson International Center for Automotive Research (I-CAR) will serve as host of the subcommittee hearing. Fourth District Congressman Trey Gowdy told SCRN the hearing is a chance for Upstate South Carolina to highlight advances made in education and industry as it relates to job creation.
Gowdy says the hearing was scheduled for July, but was postponed because of the debt-ceiling debate in Washington.
A number of witnesses from education and industry will testify, including Clemson University President James Barker, Greenville Tech President Keith Miller, and USC-Upstate Chancellor Thomas Moore. Werner Eikenbusch of BMW will also be in attendance, along with representatives from the Greenville Hospital System and Greenville Works. Gowdy says industry and education research initiatives must translate into effective programs that prepare citizens for the new job opportunities that are growing in the state.
Also appearing at the hearing as a witness will be Greenville Mayor Knox White, who Gowdy lauded for his foresight in helping redirect the ecomomy in the Greenville area.
Gowdy says the hearing will provide an excellent platform to step up discussion between educational institutions and industry to further development programs that lead to job creation.
He said the concentration of education and industry leaders in the Upstate has insured that the hearing will be a fruitful and cost-effective enterprise.