Hillary Clinton stops in N. Charleston, talks job training and higher education

Published: Jun. 17, 2015 at 11:46 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 17, 2015 at 9:49 PM EDT
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Hillary Clinton speaking at Trident Tech on Wednesday (Source: WCSC)
Hillary Clinton speaking at Trident Tech on Wednesday (Source: WCSC)

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Hillary Rodham Clinton was in North Charleston Wednesday afternoon talking about the importance of job training and higher education.

Clinton was speaking at a packed forum at Trident Technical College where audience members asked questions.

Clinton said the cost of a higher education is way too expensive, and agreed with the president's proposal to give free education to students at local colleges provided they do community service.

"I think there's some real benefits to having high school students in apprenticeship programs," Clinton said."High school students from the districts in the areas coming to Trident Tech to take courses in areas of their interest. Because it could either they will graduate from high school ready to be employed, which is great, or they will graduate from high school ready to go to community college or a four year college with credits already earned."

Earlier, the Democratic presidential contender also met with community leaders in the Orangeburg area where she spoke about equality, opportunity and civil rights, telling a predominantly African American crowd that she has something in common with them.

"Most of the people in this room, including me, were not included in the Constitution in the beginning, am I right?" Clinton asked to which the crowd applauded to.

She also spoke about foreign policy which critics of her campaign point out is not mentioned very much by the former Secretary of State.

"I will not hesitate to do what's necessary to protect our values, our interests and our security," Clinton said.

Since announcing her candidacy, Clinton's campaign has held more than a hundred grassroots events and several dozen phone banks in South Carolina.

Last month, Clinton told more than 200 members of the South Carolina Democratic Women's Council that pay equity between men and women, more generous parental leave policies and a higher minimum wage are not issues of importance merely to women but concerns that go to the heart of why it's hard to get ahead and stay ahead in America.

Copyright 2015 WCSC/The Associated Press. All rights reserved. RNN contributed to this article.