The mission of the planning department is to prepare us as students to enter the planning profession. The faculty and the program provide the essential tools to design sustainable, livable communities. To add to the training and education the planning school encourages its students to join the Clemson Chapter of the South Carolina American Planning Association. This chapter is student run; however, the Clemson membership includes the professional South Carolina chapter membership, as well as an opportunity to join the national level of the American Planning Association. Active members have many opportunities through SCAPA to make professional contacts. Chapter activities are aimed at bringing graduate students together to develop friendships and a shared enthusiasm for the profession. In our course work we strive to collaborate and to refine our skills and knowledge of planning. Through our professional organization we strive to find social and volunteer opportunities that perpetuate the planning endeavor.