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SPARTANBURG — Jayce O’Shields is one of 17 students participating in The Institute at Wofford, a program created by the college in 2009 to help students learn professional skills such as networking, public speaking and consulting before graduation to help them better compete for jobs.

O’Shields, a member of the class of 2015, is majoring in biology with a concentration in gender studies. Hometown: Union, S.C., 29379. Parent(s)/Guardian(s): Thomas O’Shields and Stacie Cole

The Institute runs from July 7 through Aug. 1. Divided into groups, the students will tackle a problem for one of four companies: MUSC, Dave Edwards Toyota, Fight Card and Treefalls. In preparation for their projects, Institute students learn the basic skills needed to function in a professional environment.

Wofford College, established in 1854, is an independent liberal arts college of 1,650 students in Spartanburg, S.C. Wofford ranks 7th nationally in the percentage of undergraduates receiving credit for study abroad. Home to one of the nation’s 283 Phi Beta Kappa chapters, Wofford’s historic 175-acre campus is recognized as a national arboretum. Wofford is affiliated with the United Methodist Church

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