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Group tries to keep college graduates in SC

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In about three semesters, USC senior Ryan MacMillan will have a far more daunting challenge: Finding a way to put his mechanical engineering degree to good use.

The Spartanburg-area native says he'd like to do that without leaving his home state.

Junior Alycia Corvini isn't quite so sure. A hospitality major, she is not convinced she'd be able to find work around Columbia.

"This is a business-led coalition trying to identify the things that South Carolina needs to do to move ahead," said former South Carolina Governor Jim Hodges.

Avoiding the brain drain, migration of higher education graduates to other states, is one of many objectives announced Thursday by a collection of top-level business, education and political leaders operating under the title Competing Through Knowledge.

Members include educators like Francis Marion University's Dr. Fred Carter.

What they expect to do is strengthen the connection between advanced education and job creation. While the effort covers the entire state, attorney and former Commission on Higher Education chair Ken Wingate says Columbia could certainly benefit.

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