Dr. Laurence B. Alexander, UAPB Chancellor and Theresa M. Beiner, Dean of the UALR Bowen School of Law sign a MOU to create 4+3 pipeline for aspiring law students. Photo by Richard Redus.

PINE BLUFF, AR – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) William H. Bowen School of Law announced on Dec. 3, 2019, a joint-effort to create a 4+3 pipeline program.

“Both schools have been working for serveral years to get this program in place,” said Theresa M. Beiner, Bowen’s dean. “Many of Bowen’s graduates are also UAPB alumni. This program honors their paths to law school and paves the way for a long-term relationship with UAPB and its students.”

This new partnership recognizes UAPB commitment to preparing students who aspire to law school and provides guaranteed acceptance to Bowen for UAPB graduates who meet specific criteria.

“Bowen consistency attracts quality applicants,” said Matthew Kerns, Assistant Dean of Admissions. “With competition to enter the law school increasing, these programs reinforce our commitment to UAPB students and the citizens of Arkansas and ensure that highly motivated graduates have spots at the law school.”

The signing took place on UAPB’s campus and was attended by several students who took time away from their studies to learn more about the program and to meet Dean Beiner and Dean Kerns.

“This is going to be something great for our students to aspire to,” said Henry Books, IV, Instructor and Program Coordinator for the Political Science program at UAPB. “We already have students who are interested in the Bowen School of Law.”

UAPB graduates qualify for the 4+3 program if they earned a minimum cumulative UGPA of 3.4; scored a 154 or above on the LSAT; and have no character and fitness issues that would disqualify them from being admitted to the bar.

Prospective students can apply to the law school through lsac.org. Students must apply to Bowen and satisfactorily complete all admissions requirements.

“The 4+3 pipline program between UAPB and the Bowen School of Law will allow current UAPB students pursuing a bachelor’s of science degree in political science to seamlessly pursue a law degree,” said Dr. Robert Z. Carr, Jr., Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at UAPB. “The beauty of this program is that it will set reasonable admissions requirements that students understand from day one. This is great for our students, UAPB, the Bowen School of Law and the state of Arkansas.”

In addition to this program and other scholarship opportunities, Bowen offers a 25 percent tuition scholarship to accepted students who earned a bachelor’s degree from an Arkansas historically Black college or university.

Bowen prepares students for a variety of careers, including roles as attorneys, judges or other public service leadership positions.

This is Bowen’s fifth pipeline program. They also have agreements with UA Little Rock, Philander Smith College, and Pulaski Technical College.

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About the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) is a public comprehensive HBCU, 1890 Land-Grant institution. The University embraces its land-grant mission of providing cutting edge research, teaching, outreach, and service programs that respond to social and economic needs of the state and region. For more information, visit www.uapb.edu.

SRR President and Project Manager Tom Foster, right, signs à MOU with DTC Interim President Dr. Christopher Hall, left.

DENMARK, S.C. – Savannah River Site’s (SRS) liquid waste contractor Savannah River Remediation (SRR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Denmark Technical College (DTC), one of South Carolina’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities, to help students prepare for their future careers.

DTC provides a two-year program that allows for a mix of traditional and non-traditional students to attend programs that help them achieve their educational and career goals. SRR committed to help DTC by signing an MOU, outlining its commitment to the school.

SRR is charged with remediating over 35 million gallons of radioactive liquid waste stored in 43 one-million-gallon capacity storage tanks and operationally closing the waste tanks. The highly technical work to accomplish the SRR mission requires a workforce who is educated in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM).

Technical schools like DTC are an asset to SRR because they offer STEAM-related programs, such as Computer Technology, Welding, and Engineering Technology, among others, which give graduates the skills for future employment.

SRR plans to facilitate opportunities for students per the agreement by hiring students into its summer intern program, comparing various DTC programs curriculums to industry needs, providing mentoring opportunities, and identifying students to be considered for SRR jobs.

As an advocate for STEAM-focused education, SRR President and Project Manager Tom Foster signed the MOU on behalf of SRR.

“Education is one of the best ways a person can improve his or her quality of life,” said Foster. “By facilitating educational and career advancement opportunities, we are helping members of our community reach their potential, while ensuring SRR continues to lay the groundwork for future work opportunities.”

About Denmark Technical College

Denmark Technical College (DTC) is a public, comprehensive, Historically Black, two-year technical college located in rural Bamberg County in South Carolina. The college annually serves approximately 2,000 credit and continuing education students, a mix of traditional, non traditional, full-time and part-time. Denmark Technical College is the only technical college in the State of South Carolina with on-campus housing. For more information, visit www.denmarktech.edu.

About Savannah River Remediation

Savannah River Remediation (SRR) is a team of companies led by AECOM with partners Bechtel National, Jacobs, and BWX Technologies, Inc. Critical subcontractors for the contract are Orano, Atkins, and AECOM N&E Technical Solutions. For more information, visit www.srremediation.com.

Pictured: Drake State Community and Technical College President, Dr. Patricia Sims (left); and Alabama A&M University President, Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr.

HUNTVILLE, Ala. – Separated by only a fence, two Alabama historically black colleges and universities have become even closer when it comes to innovative programs that lead toward the success of their students.

The presidents of Alabama A&M University and J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College, both located in Huntsville, Alabama signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) June 17 that will enable students awarded delayed admission to AAMU to begin their academic tenures at Drake State and earn a credential as they prepare to transfer to AAMU.

“The Pathways Program offers access to high quality and affordable education for resolute learners,” stated Dr. Gary B. Crosby, AAMU vice president for student affairs. “Students enrolled in specific programs under this agreement will concurrently enroll in courses at AAMU to strengthen their college preparedness.”

By following an approved course of study in the Pathway Program, the students will only enroll in courses required for graduation from Drake State and automatically transfer to AAMU, according to Dr. Pamela H. Little, director of admissions and registrar at Drake State.

In statement during the signing ceremony at AAMU, President Andrew Hugine, Jr., and Drake’s President Patricia Sims noted that the Pathways Programs aims to increase credential attainment, as well as to eliminate any hurdles that may exist in the transfer process.

According to Crosby and Little, Pathways Program students will attend small classes in a supportive learning environment while gaining access to resources available only at the university level.

“The students enrolled in the Pathways Program are both Blue Eagles and Bulldogs from Day one,” said Little.

Joining the presidents at the MOU signing were members of the administration of both schools, in addition to cabinet-level officials, deans and other administrators.

For more information about the Pathways Program, contact Dr. Gary B. Crosby at AAMU, (256) 372-5233, or Dr. Pamela H. Little, Drake State, at (256) 551-1711.

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About Alabama A&M University

Alabama A&M University is a public, comprehensive 1890 Land-Grant institution, committed to access and opportunity, and dedicated to intellectual inquiry. The application of knowledge and excellence in teaching, research and service is responsive to the needs of a diverse student population and the social and economic needs of the state and region. The University offers contemporary baccalaureate, master’s, educational specialist and doctoral level degrees to prepare students for careers in the arts, sciences, business, engineering, education, agriculture and technology. As a center of excellence, the University is dedicated to providing a student-centered educational environment for the emergence of scholars, scientists, leaders and critical thinkers, who are equipped to excel through their contributions and leadership in a 21st century national and global society. For more information, visit www.aamu.edu.

About J.F. Drake Community and Technical College

J.F. Drake Community and Technical College is the first and only institution of its kind in Alabama. It’s an institution where students can enhance their futures through comprehensive academic and technical training programs. For more information, visit www.drakestate.edu.