Claflin University Launches New Educational Program > Columbia Business Report

Claflin University is launching the Institute for Education and Nursing on Tuesday.

The institute is part of the South Carolina Institutes of Innovation and Information, a nonprofit organization that provides resources and support to the state’s seven historically black colleges and universities. In 2021, Senator John L. Scott Jr. led the allocation of $18 million for the development of educational institutions at each SC HBCU, each with a specific goal to increase opportunities and exposure for students and communities.

“Claflin University is renowned for the rigor of its academic programs, and we welcome the opportunities to showcase teaching and nursing, which are among the most needed helping professions locally, regionally and nationally” , Dwaun J. Warmack, president of Claflin University, said in a press release.

Claflin is the only HBCU in South Carolina to offer bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing, according to the release.

The institute, known as TITAN, will introduce high school students to careers in teaching and nursing, orient them to college life, and offer job shadowing and work experience. In partnership with SC’s other six HBCUs, TITAN will also study health disparities in the state as well as the underrepresentation of teachers of color.

Contact Melinda Waldrop at 803-726-7542.

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