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      Horry County working to keep college grads in the county

      Horry County is home to Coastal Carolina University and Horry Georgetown Technical College, which graduates thousands of students each year.

      The county is working with the schools to have jobs for those graduates to fill.

      "We can now say to people, hey look, our workforce continues to grow here in Horry County, which makes it an even better market for you to come and locate your business in," said Candace Howell with the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation.

      The MBREDC works hand-in-hand with HGTC to make sure the jobs they bring can benefit their students.

      "What's important to us is to work closely with the universities to make sure that we can create jobs that are beneficial to the graduating folks that they have," said Howell.

      Almost 1,300 students graduated from Horry Georgetown Tech Monday evening and they believe it's a bright future for their students.

      "We see bright futures for our students," said April Garner with the Career Resource Center at HGTC.

      According to the media relations department at HGTC, nearly 90% of their students enter the workforce or transfer to senior colleges.