As one the nation’s largest Coast Guard air stations announced plans to increase minority enrollment by working with Elizabeth City State University, Norfolk State University said it will help students who are interested in a career with the Coast Guard.
Black active duty personnel currently comprise 5.4 percent of the Coast Guard, according to news reports. This number compares to 17.2 percent for the Army, Navy and Air Force combined. For all minorities, the Coast Guard has 14.8 percent compared with 31.2 percent for the other military services combined.
Wayne Ivey, director of military services and veteran’s affairs at Norfolk State said, “We provide outreach services for all of the branches of military. We do not have an express agreement with the Coast Guard. What we do is offer outreach services to those installations to let them know what we offer in way of classes, tuition assistance, and veteran’s benefits.” Ivey added, “We do not have an express agreement like the one at Elizabeth City State University. But we do have a memorandum of understanding with the Navy which allows us to offer programs and courses on the Navy Base.”
According to news reports, about 40 Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other minority-serving institutions participate, including Hampton University. If you interested in learning about opportunities with the Coast Guard at Norfolk State University, please contact Wayne Ivey, director of military services and veteran’s affairs, 823-2585.
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There are 107 HBCUs in the United States, including public and private institutions, community and four-year institutions, medical and law schools. Most were created in the aftermath of the American Civil War and are in the former slave states, although a few notable exceptions exist.
Most HBCUs were established after the American Civil War, often with the assistance of northern religious missionary organizations. However, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania (1837) and Lincoln University (Pennsylvania) (1854) , were established for blacks before the American Civil War. In 1856 the AME Church of Ohio collaborated with the Methodist Episcopal Church, a predominantly white denomination, in sponsoring the third college Wilberforce University in Ohio. Established in 1865, Shaw University was the first HBCU in the South to be established after the American Civil War.
The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, defines a “part B institution” as: “…any historically black college or university that was established before 1964, whose principal mission was, and is, the education of black Americans, and that is accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association determined by the Secretary [of Education] to be a reliable authority as to the quality of training offered or is, according to such an agency or association, making reasonable progress toward accreditation.” Part B of the 1965 Act provides for direct federal aid to Part B institutions.
Of the 107 HBCU institutions in the United States today, 27 offer doctoral programs and 52 provide graduate degree programs at the Master’s level. At the undergraduate level, 83 of the HBCUs offer a bachelor’s degree program and 38 of these schools offer associate degrees. HBCUs are distinctive institutions in that they make up only 3% of the nation’s institutions of higher learning.
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