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CUCWD Cosponsors Roundtable Discussion with U.S. Secretary of Commerce

CUCWD Cosponsors Roundtable Discussion with U.S. Secretary of Commerce

GREENVILLE — The cutting-edge research and world-class education that are helping South Carolina play a leading role in the nation’s manufacturing revival took center stage Friday when U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker visited the Clemson University-International Center for Automotive Research.

Her visit included a private roundtable discussion about developing a qualified workforce and came as expanding automotive and tire companies heighten the state’s importance in manufacturing.

Roundtable topics included apprenticeships, what skills employers need, how training aligns with the region’s economic growth and how workforce development systems and employers ensure training leads to jobs in demand. The discussion was co-sponsored by CU-ICAR and the Clemson University Center for Workforce Development. Kris Frady, director of operations for the Center for Workforce Development, said the roundtable is part of the university’s broader mission to encourage economic development. “Part of Clemson’s role is making connections between those in the state who are focused on advancing workforce development, ” she said. “One strength of the Clemson Center for Workforce Development is in building that network.”

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