Voorhees College gets a high ranking



DENMARK, SC – Voorhees College is once again among the best regional colleges in the South, according to the 2022 US News and World Report rankings.

Voorhees tied for 48th with the University of Arkansas, Fort Smith – a six point improvement in the standings from the previous year.

Voorhees was also ranked four of the best performers in social mobility, which measures the degree of success of schools graduating from students who received a federal Pell Grant, 18 among historically black private colleges and universities, and 46 among all HBCUs. classified.

“These rankings demonstrate Voorhees College’s commitment to educational excellence. We are grateful to the faculty and staff who do their best every day to improve teaching and learning at our facility. I am honored to work with them to take Voorhees to the next level of excellence, ”said Ronnie Hopkins, president of the school.

Criteria used for rankings include outcomes such as graduation rates, retention rates, and social mobility; faculty resources; the expert opinion of presidents, provosts and admissions officers who assess the academic quality of peer institutions; financial ressources; student excellence; and donations from elders.

The four-year private and mixed liberal arts college was founded in 1897 and is affiliated with the Episcopal Church and the United Negro College Fund.

Bluebird Society launches scholarship fund at local school

Michelle Vieyra, associate professor of biology at UofSC Aiken (left), and Emelie Alarcon, major in biology, watch over a bluebird nesting box at Hitchcock Woods.(WRDW)

AIKEN – A donor recently established the South Carolina Bluebird Society Scholarship Fund at the University of South Carolina Aiken.

The annual scholarship of $ 1,000 will be awarded to full-time students seeking a degree majoring in biology and good standing.

Emelie Alarcon, major in biology, is the first scholar.

“With this generous grant, I can focus more on the most important aspect of school, which is learning,” she said.

The school is also working with the company to establish a blue bird nesting trail on campus.

The company was established in Aiken on October 19, 2010, and has currently installed and monitored over 1,472 nesting boxes for bluebirds, wood ducks, screech owls and kestrels on 88 trails across South Carolina and the eastern Georgia.

The need for protection arose when between the 1920s and 1970s, the population of bluebirds declined by about 90%. The main reasons for this decline are habitat loss and competition from other species.

Center for Lifelong Learning Book Fair

AIKEN, SC – The Department of External Programs at the University of South Carolina Aiken is planning the Center for Lifelong Learning’s first book fair.

It will take place on November 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Business and Education building, room 200.

Admission is free, but guests are encouraged to donate at the door and win prizes.

The Book Fair will promote local authors and offer book lovers the opportunity to meet and chat with authors while browsing unique titles. A total of 46 authors are expected to participate, with more entries as the date draws closer. The fair will feature sessions on African American heritage poetry, fantasy and more.

“The writers who will participate represent a wide range of writing genres, from mid-level fiction to fantasy and science fiction. If you plan to attend, please allow enough time to attend some or all of the sessions and also to speak with authors whose writing interests you, ”said Steve Gordy, Book Fair Organizer and President of the CLL program. “We are organizing this book fair in order to raise funds, but also to let the public know how much talent we have as a writer both locally and regionally.

Federal agency grants funding to SC colleges

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration has provided $ 7 million for workforce development and training supporting the production of plutonium wells at minority education institutions in New Mexico and South Carolina.

The agency provided $ 3.5 million for partnerships in each state to be distributed among select institutions, including historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic institutions, and tribal colleges and universities.

A portion of the funds will be used to purchase equipment and supplies like those used at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Savannah River site to train those pursuing careers with the nuclear security company.

The South Carolina recipients are:

  • Allen University
  • Benoît College
  • Claflin University
  • Clinton College
  • Technical College of Denmark
  • Morris College
  • South Carolina State University
  • College of Vorhees

“I was delighted to have worked with the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration to make funds available to South Carolina’s eight historically black colleges and universities,” said Representative James E. Clyburn . “Partnerships and investments like these are key to creating a future workforce that is not only skilled, but one that reflects America’s diversity and ensures workers’ access to well-paying jobs. “

Jessye Norman School of the Arts Wins Statewide Honor

AUGUSTA, Georgia – The Jessye Norman School of the Arts received the 2021 Georgia Extracurricular and Youth Development Excellence Award for after-school programming.

The announcement was made during the Georgia Afterschool & Youth Development Conference Virtual Georgia 2021 held September 14-16.

The award is given to Georgian organizations demonstrating “an outstanding out-of-school or youth development program that meets the highest quality standards in the field and demonstrates the ability to meet the needs of children, youth and families in their community” .

The Jessye Norman School of the Arts offers free arts education year round to CSRA students in Grades 4 through 12.

The school welcomes mainly low to moderate income students, and each student can choose their own path of study from one of the following five disciplines: dance, theater, music, visual arts, and digital arts.

“The school is honored with this award, which recognizes JNSA as one of Georgia’s preeminent after-school programs,” said CEO Gary Dennis. “The school is named after Ms. Jessye Norman, an Augusta native who had humble beginnings and became one of the greatest opera singers of all time. We strive to honor Ms. Norman’s legacy by providing extraordinary artistic experiences to students from all walks of life and by helping our students become successful, caring and responsible citizens of this world.

Georgia Military College Welcomes Palliative Care Providers

Fifi Memon from Heartland Hospice recently visited Georgia Military College.
Fifi Memon from Heartland Hospice recently visited Georgia Military College.(WRDW)

AUGUSTA, Georgia – In recent weeks, the Augusta campus of Georgia Military College has welcomed a variety of hospice providers, including St. Joseph’s, Heartland Hospice and Trinity.

As the pre-nursing program is the school’s second most popular degree program, “this outreach program is a great fit for our student body,” the school said.

“In addition to the interest of our medical students, students eager to give back to their community often seek volunteer opportunities, fulfilling part of GMC’s mission, to ‘produce educated citizens and active members of the community. company “. “

Why volunteer with a local hospice? One student volunteer said, “Your hours are never wasted. Your job would be to provide companionship and reassurance to help patients make the transition. It’s a great way to get involved and give back to the community.

Technical college offers a shorter semester option

SANDERSVILLE, Georgia – With the traditional fall semester well underway, Oconee Fall Line Technical College is offering a shorter semester to help those who need to get on with their education quickly.

The eight-week minimester starts on October 21 and allows students to take a course with the same quality of teaching but on a shorter schedule.

Students taking minimal courses can choose from a variety of courses, including online formats, to stay on track.

One-stop registration day will take place at the Sandersville campus on October 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the atrium.

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