Memorandum of Understanding with Fort Jackson
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Fort Jackson, Army Continuing Education System (ACES) and Claflin University serves to provide quality post-secondary education programs in support of the following total Army goals (Appendix B): (1) to enhance readiness of Soldiers to perform their military mission; and (2) to offer personal growth of experience by providing opportunities for career development and to enhance the Soldier’s quality of life.
As part of the agreement, Claflin University offers two degree programs at Fort Jackson leading to a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Criminal Justice Administration and Organizational Management. The university offers a special fee schedule for soldiers at the Fort Jackson site. Soldiers receive a 25% tuition discount until their degree completion. The university offers classes on Post in which a minimum of 6 students must be enrolled for the classes to run. Additionally, the university agrees to limit classes to the size of the classroom on Post and to accept Tuition Assistance (TA) from solders at the present reimbursement rate.
Curriculum Mapping Agreement with Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College
Claflin University and Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College signed several curriculum mapping agreements to provide students with an easier path to university transfer (Appendix C). In the CPCS, two-year college students can pursue two majors: a Sociology/Criminal Justice Administration degree and an Organizational Management degree. Through the agreements, two-year college students receive the recommended order of each course, taking into account the prerequisites, and general education courses required for graduation. Upon graduation from Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College, students can enter the CPCS to complete their bachelor degrees with the advantage of having more course substitutions and a shorter path to degree completion.
Midlands Technical College Bridge Program
Claflin University partners with Midlands Technical College in Columbia, S.C. to afford students opportunities to transfer to a bachelor’s degree program (Appendix D). Midlands Technical College Bridge Program is an agreement with Claflin University to accept transfer students who seek to earn a baccalaureate degree. The Bridge Program prepares students at the technical college level through activities that will strengthen their opportunities for a seamless transfer to a select four-year college or university. Students participate in activities that will increase their likelihood of success at a four-year institution.
Bridge student enrollment may be for a minimum of 30 semester hours of college-level coursework to earn the GPA required by the desired academic program at the transferring institution. Students may also opt to earn an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree at Midlands Technical College prior to transfer.
The Adult and Dislocated Worker Program (Workforce Investment Act)
Claflin University entered into an agreement a few years ago to provide training and educational services to dislocated workers through the Adult and Dislocated Worker Program. The Adult and Dislocated Worker Program, under Title I of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, is designed to provide quality employment and training services to assist eligible individuals in finding and qualifying for meaningful employment, and to help employers find the skilled workers they need to compete and succeed in business. The goals of the program are:
- To increase employment, as measured by entry into unsubsidized employment;
- To increase retention in unsubsidized employment six months after entry into employment;
- To increase earnings received in unsubsidized employment for dislocated workers; and
- To enhance customer satisfaction for participants and for employers.
Services are provided through One-Stop Career Centers. Claflin University serves as a partner to provide quality training to dislocated workers so that they can acquire new training and skills to reenter the job market. There are three levels of service:
- Core services - includes outreach, job search and placement assistance, and labor market information available to all job seekers;
- Intensive services - Includes more comprehensive assessments, development of individual employment plans and counseling and career planning; and
- Training services - Customers are linked to job opportunities in their communities, including both occupational training and training in basic skills. Participants use an "individual training account" to select an appropriate training program from a qualified training provider.
In order for students to qualify for the benefits under WIA, they must be defined as a dislocated worker. A dislocated worker is an individual who:
- Has been terminated or laid off, or has received a notice of termination or layoff from employment;
- Is eligible for or has exhausted unemployment insurance;
- Has demonstrated an appropriate attachment to the workforce, but not eligible for unemployment insurance and unlikely to return to a previous industry or occupation;
- Has been terminated or laid off or received notification of termination or layoff from employment s a result of a permanent closure or substantial layoff;
- Is employed at a facility, where the employer has made the general announcement that the facility will close within a 180 days;
- Was self-employed (including employment as a farmer, a rancher, or a fisherman) but is unemployed as a result of general economic conditions in the community or because of a natural disaster; or
- Is a displaced homemaker who is no longer supported by another family member.
Claflin University through the CPCS has immediate plans to enforce and promote this agreement by actively recruiting at the One Stop locations in the local communities.