Historically Black South Carolina Colleges Earn $6M Grant for Career Pathway
Claflin, Benedict and Voorhees recently won a Lilly Endowment grant via the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) that Tisdale dubbed a “game changer,” meant to repair what grant materials describe as a “broken college-career pipeline.”
The hallmark of the grant program at all three schools is the new Carolina Cluster Pathway Program. In addition to declaring majors, students will pick a job sector with the help of a counselor. ” This investment, overall … helps to make the story of the 21st-century workforce more diverse and more inclusive,” Tisdale said. “That’s something that we don’t want to miss.”
Professors, counselors and other staff at Claflin will encourage students to pursue internships, undergraduate research and volunteer opportunities specific to their career goals. A mobile app called Purple Briefcase will help track progress toward their goals.
“The three institutions submitted strong proposals for this highly competitive initiative, proposals that reflect a commitment to strengthening student supports, including career advising and mentoring, enhancing curricula and championing integrated co-curricular engagement,” said Edwards Smith-Lewis, UNCF’s Career Pathways Initiative.
The goal of the Carolina cluster pathway is to create internship opportunities for students who attend the institutions.
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