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 Emeritus of Claflin University


Register now for this dynamic event!

The Carolina HBCU Talent Showcase is a premier diversity recruiting and interviewing event, attracting 1000 plus students from regional Historically Black Colleges & Universities as well as other institutions of higher learning in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia.

1:00PM – 4:30PM

Monday – September 21, 2020

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

Columbia, South Carolina 



Register now to save $50 off regular registration for recruiters.

Discount ends May 31, 2020.

We salute our past sponsors of the Carolina HBCU Talent Showcase

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Refund Policy:

As the safety and well-being of our employer and institutional partners, students, and staff is our top priority, the Carolina Cluster will continue to actively monitor the COVID-19 outbreak.  In the event that the Carolina HBCU Talent Showcase is postponed, as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, our employer and institutional partners will have the option to have their payment credited to the rescheduled event or receive a full refund.

Attention Students:

Summer tuition awards will be provided by the Carolina Cluster Pathway Initiative and will cover a maximum of 3 hours of summer school tuition for online courses at Claflin University. There are a limited number of tuition awards available for the 2020 summer.  Use the button or click HERE to learn more and apply today.

Carolina Cluster Summer Research & Creative Project Award  

NOTE: This project can be done virtually if the faculty mentor agrees

The Undergraduate Research and Creative Project Award enhances opportunities for undergraduate students in the Carolina Cluster, i.e., Benedict College, Claflin University, and Voorhees College, to participate in research and creative activities under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

Funding:  Summer stipend for students is $2,400 for 6 weeks of research.  Faculty mentors will receive $500 at the end of the program.

Carolina Cluster In The News


Carolina Cluster Awarded A 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.

Benedict Overview

Benedict College is located on 220 acres nestled in the heart of Columbia, SC.

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 Overview

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.

Voorhees Overview

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: