Claflin University, Benedict College and Voorhees College Awarded $6 Million Grant To Improve Job Outcomes of Graduates

Dr. Henry N. Tisdale, president of Claflin University Dr. David H. Swinton, president and CEO of Benedict College Dr. W. Franklin Evans, president of Voorhees College The Carolina Cluster Pathway Program, Benedict College, Claflin University and Voorhees College, received part of a $35.4 million grant under the UNCF® Career Pathways Initiative (CPI), funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. The grant will help the institutions design and implement programs to improve employment outcomes for graduates. The announcement came after a year-long process which included a multi-phased grant process that initially targeted 87 eligible public and private HBCUs and PBIs. UNCF has allocated a $6 million grant to these three universities: Claflin University ($3.3 million), Benedict College ($1.5 million), and Voorhees College ($1.2 million). A portion of the Claflin University grant ($1.8 million) will operate a jointly-established State Coordinating Office to direct and monitor all of the activities of the awarded institutions. The Carolina Cluster Pathway Program (C2P2) will prepare students for high-paying private and public sector occupations in the Carolinas and elsewhere. It seeks to do this by guided pathways, curricular enhancements, and integrated co-curricular engagement. In its initiative, the C2P2 will also include the formation of corporate and public advisory boards. “This Carolina Cluster Pathway Program is our collaborative response to America’s need for talent and our graduates desire to be competitive in obtaining high-paying 21st Century jobs,” said Dr. Henry N. Tisdale, president of Claflin University. “Through the work of the program, we will leverage the capacity of our partner institutions...

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