(Durham, NC) – Shaw President Dr. Irma McClaurin was part of a delegation that met with President Barack Obama prior to his address in Durham yesterday which detailed the economic initiatives which he unveiled at the headquarters of Cree Incorporated.

Dr. McClaurin was the only university president in the group of Triangle-area elected officials and community representatives in the gathering.

“The President’s vision of the competitive workforce is something we have been mindful of at Shaw,” said Dr. McClaurin.  “As we continually assess our academic programs, we will continue to focus on ensuring that Shaw has the programs that prepare our students to compete in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.  We are confident we are already on this path.”

President Obama was in Durham with the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness to announce his job growth plan, which aims to, among other things, train 10,000 engineers each year eliminate red tape for some infrastructure projects, and focus on programs that improve energy efficiency.

Referenced Article from Shaw University