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Clemson receives prosperity award

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Published Nov. 23, 2015

Clemson University recently received the Talent Award by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities during its Innovation and Economic Prosperity University Awards ceremony in Indianapolis.

The specific award is for a focus on education and workforce development. The organization said Clemson “has fueled workforce development in the auto industry through partnerships with leading auto industry organizations and through its University Professional Internship and Co-op Program.” That program has helped close to 850 students earn internship experience, according to Clemson.

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“Each of the four winners has demonstrated an institutionwide commitment to economic engagement and have delivered on that commitment by spurring economic development in their communities,” said Association of Public and Land Grant Universities President Peter McPherson, in a statement. “APLU applauds their work and is happy to spotlight these universities as models of economic engagement.”

Clemson University President James Clements, who recently finished his term as chairman of the association’s board of directors, said the national recognition was a tribute to faculty, staff and students.

“The most important contribution we make to economic growth is talent development — preparing students to be successful in the workplace or graduate school and driving innovation in key industry sectors, such as automotive engineering,” Clements said. “This is an essential part of our mission as a land grant research university.”

The organization also presented awards to the University of Minnesota system, Auburn University and the University of Maryland. Award finalists undergo an institutional self-study and identify three areas of institutional strength in economic engagement and described programs in those areas, according to the association.

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