CLEMSON — Continuing the effort to engage more South Carolina students in science and technology careers, the Clemson University Center for Workforce Development is co-hosting a key conference to address manufacturing and the next-generation workforce.

The conference, Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at Embassy Suites at the North Charleston Convention Center, will discuss digital learning in technical education, 21st century skills in manufacturing and economic development partnerships, among other areas.

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The center’s STEM Workforce Development pathway will explore a new national model that engages universities, technical colleges, P-12 institutions, statewide industry and federal agencies to deliver workforce development, economic development and entrepreneurship and innovation tools.

Topics will include digital-learning trends, leveraging public-private partnerships, institutional collaboration and an overview of Clemson University’s economic development initiatives, including the Clemson University Restoration Institute in North Charleston and the Clemson University international Center for Automotive Research in Greenville.

John Kelly, Clemson University vice president for economic development, will give a keynote address at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 2.

Other speakers during the workforce development pathway include Hope Rivers, vice president for academic and student affairs for the S.C. Technical College System; and George Hynd, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs for the College of Charleston.

With a focus on advanced manufacturing to support South Carolina’s burgeoning manufacturing industry, the Clemson Center for Workforce Development oversees distribution of funding provided by the Duke Energy Foundation to partner institutions that include universities, technical colleges, K-12 institutions and STEM-oriented organizations through competitive funding awards, scholarships and internships.

The funding helped create virtual resources designed to support industrial development, sponsor competitive funding opportunities for K-12 and technical college classrooms, support scholarships and internships across multiple South Carolina institutions of higher education and finance conferences to create greater awareness of workforce development issues.