The Clemson International Center for Automotive Research (I-CAR) served as host of a congressional subcommittee hearing in Greenville Tuesday. Fourth District Congressman Trey Gowdy says the hearing is a chance for Upstate South Carolina to highlight advances made in education and industry as it relates to job creation.
During the panel discussion, Clemson President James Barker said Clemson University has developed several initiatives for student engagement. He refers to these programs as “internal co-ops” and explained why he believes they are so important.
“We teach architecture and we also build buildings. We teach finance and we also do finance projects to make things happen. Why not bridge the two together?” Barker said, “Instead of having one thing that’s in the classroom and one thing in the administration… why not bridge them together?”
Barker says they have created the opportunity for that to happen and the target is 500 engaged students in that layer of depth in their education.
Other representatives from education and industry spoke at the hearing, including Greenville Tech President Keith Miller and USC-Upstate Chancellor Thomas Moore.
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.