Leading Students to Career Success
Carolina Cluster is a collaborative effort between Benedict College, Claflin University and Voorhees College to implement innovative strategies that nurture today’s students for tomorrow’s competitive workforce.
Increased Workforce Diversity & Inclusion
“This Carolina Cluster Career Pathway Initiative is our collaborative response to America’s need for talent and our graduates’ desire to be competitive in obtaining high-paying 21st century jobs. Through the work of the program, we will leverage the capacity of our partner institutions and implement innovation strategies to nurture the talent of the students on our campuses and help make the story of the workforce of the 21st century one of increased diversity and inclusion.”
— Dr. Henry N. Tisdale, President of Claflin University
Carolina Cluster In The News
Carolina Cluster Awarded 2019 Study Abroad Grant
The Carolina Cluster Career Pathways Initiative has received a grant to create, expand, and diversify study abroad on their campuses. The grant was awarded this June from the Capacity Building Program for U.S. Study Abroad, a program of the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by World Learning.
The program is designed to expand and diversify American student mobility in support of U.S. foreign policy goals. It is imperative that the next generation of leaders – American students of all backgrounds – engage internationally to foster mutual understanding and develop critical skills in support of U.S. national security and economic competitiveness.
Learn more about the award and the Cluster’s goal to increase the student population’s cultural intelligence and marketability in the international economy HERE.
Have questions? Want to learn more?
Check out our contact page to reach support staff with the Carolina Cluster State Office as well as related staff at each of the three partner schools– Benedict, Claflin and Voorhees.
Carolina Cluster Partner Schools
Founded in 1870, Benedict College is a private, co-educational arts institution in Columbia SC and home to over 2,280 students in the institution’s 33 baccalaureate degree programs.
Over the last six years, Benedict College has been ranked as one of the top baccalaureate colleges in the nation by Washington Monthly.
Benedict has high-quality programs of teaching, research, and public service. Benedict recently received the National Civic Engagement Award from The Washington Center for encouraging students to give back to the community.
Benedict has over 17,000 proud alumni throughout the nation. The College has been “a power for good” in the community for over 146.
To learn more visit: BENEDICT COLLEGE
Founded in 1869 as the first HBCU in South Carolina, Claflin University is recognized by publications such as U.S. News and World Report as one of America’s best liberal arts colleges.
Claflin’s beautiful historic campus in Orangeburg SC is home for approximately 2,000 students from every region of the United States and more than 20 international countries.
Claflin University has a strong record of educating minority students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines. Students are mentored in cutting edge research by world-class faculty in labs located in Claflin’s Molecular Science Research Center, which is a core research facility for the state of South Carolina as designated by the South Carolina Research Authority.
To learn more visit online: Claflin University
Founded in 1897 by Elizabeth Evelyn Wright and located in Orangeburg SC, Voorhees College is the first HBCU established by an African-American woman.
An affiliate of the Episcopal Church, Voorhees focuses on providing a comprehensive education that prepares students for a global society.
Currently, Voorhees College is the only Historically Black College or University in the state of South Carolina that offers emergency management as a major.
Fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Voorhees College was recently named in the top 100 schools for an affordable education.
Voorhees College, home to 420 students who participate in cutting edge research in cybersecurity and biology, has been changing minds and changing lives for 120 years.
To learn more visit online: Vorhees College
The Carolina Clusters Career Pathway Initiative is supported by the following: