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Clark Atlanta University Awarded $1.5 Million Grant by UNCF Career Pathways Initiative

Posted on Monday, December 05, 2016


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ATLANTA (Dec. 5, 2016) Clark Atlanta University has been awarded a $1.5 million grant by the UNCF Career Pathways Initiative, funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc.  The grant will be used by CAU to develop career pathways, which lead to improved 21st century employment outcomes for students and alumni.  CAU joins 23 other institutions in this effort after an expert panel of UNCF reviewers determined our proposal represents a significant opportunity to achieve the goals of initiative. 

“This grant from UNCF helps accelerate our efforts to provide our students with a wide range of opportunities to build their skills and important professional networks as an essential aspect of career preparation,” said Clark Atlanta University President Ronald A. Johnson.  “The grant is in recognition of the importance of the forward looking curricular and co-curricular innovations of our faculty and their understanding of what is required of college graduates in the global marketplace for talent,” Johnson continued. 

During the five-year implementation phase of the grant, CAU will employ a three-pronged approach to improve student and alumni outcomes, including guided pathways, curricular enhancement and integrated co-curricular engagement.  To support our efforts in this endeavor, UNCF has offered to provide technical assistance, networking opportunities and professional development through webinars and convenings.  

“We are very excited about receiving this award,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Peter Nwosu.  “The three-pronged approach to student success advanced in our initiative; guided pathways, curricular enhancement and integrated co-curricular engagement will help prepare our students to effectively participate in a changing, global knowledge workplace.  We thank UNCF and Lilly Endowment for their support.”

CAU was established in 1988 by the consolidation of its parent institutions, Atlanta University (founded in 1865) and Clark College (founded in 1869).  We are a comprehensive, private, urban, coeducational institution of higher education.  We offer undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees as well as certificate programs for students of all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.  Atlanta University was the nation’s first graduate school for blacks and Clark College was the first in the nation four-year liberal arts college for black students.  CAU is a member of the Atlanta University Center, the largest consortium of black American private institutions of higher education in the U.S.  

Category: Administration
Keywords: UNCF Career Pathways