As we all know, Tom Joyner is a huge supporter of HBCU’s. He has consistently used his TJMS platform to aid, assist, and uplift HBCU’s for as long as anyone can remember. Now Tom has 35,000 reasons to be happy with the efforts of Duke Energy as they made a significant contribution to The Institute for HBCU Leadership Exchange.
Mr. Joyner wasn’t particularly involved in this transaction but he would definitely be happy that , The Institute received a grant for $35,000 from Duke Energy to support its HBCU Leadership Workforce Development Exchange program. Housed within The Institute’s Policy Center, the HBCU Leadership Exchange focuses on building stronger partnerships between Historically Black Colleges and Universities and key executives of major corporations and minority businesses.
“We want to thank our partners at Duke Energy for their foresight and vision to embrace the HBCU Leadership Exchange,” said Farad Ali, president and CEO of The Institute. “The program model has a proven track record of success in other regions and will be a win-win for everyone involved.”
Andrea Harris, the Institute’s Policy Center director said, “Partnering HBCUs and their students with corporations seeking to build a talented workforce simply makes good business sense. Corporations and institutions of higher learning have a mutual interest in graduating and developing highly skilled workers.”
The primary goal of the HBCU Leadership Exchange is to strengthen workforce opportunities for students enrolled full-time or part-time at HBCUs, and to foster relationship-building and internship or employment opportunities with corporations that are expanding their hiring activities. The initiative will launch in the spring of 2016, with support from faculty members at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School in Chapel Hill, NC.
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