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Through skills and education, students at the Dayton Job Corps have been thriving by gaining experiences in and out of classrooms. They have been quoted as saying they are benefitted by good, caring teachers and are given great preparation for employment. Soon, they will be able to make the same comments about the curriculum and instructors at Wilberforce University. 
Wednesday, August 18th, an agreement signed by President Pinkard and the executive director of the Dayton Job Corps, officially welcomed Job Corps students to the WU family. Beginning spring semester 2022, students and staff at the residential/academic/vocational training center will receive educational opportunities through the university’s undergraduate program and CLIMB, Wilberforce University’s adult degree program.
“What we can do now is give them a seamless connection into the future with the Job Corps getting them to a certain level and Wilberforce taking them the rest of the way.” – Rowan Torrey, Dayton Job Corps
Interim provost Dr. Johnny Jones explained the university will work directly with the Dayton Job Corps counselors to decide the students’ academic options. “Our Center for Academic and Student Success (CASS) will develop a semester by semester plan of action to support students through graduation.”
The university will provide academic support through mentoring, micro-credential courses such as cybersecurity, data science, and life/soft skills. Also included are tutoring,  shared student activities, and housing, if needed. Job Corps students who are Ohio residents will be eligible for the Wilberforce University 15% tuition reduction plan. 
 
“These strategic partnerships are indications that we (Wilberforce University) are not afraid of risk taking, not afraid of being innovative. So this is a real life affirmation of who we are and what is important to us as we reach out to other important institutions for these collaborations.” -Dr. Elfred Anthony Pinkard, president, Wilberforce University
Dr. Pinkard also acknowledged the future of WU students is very important to the university. He said they are the best of their generation and the reason faculty and staff come to work every day to help them become their best. Job Corps students will now be a part of that endeavor.
“Our combined effort to support those who seek more knowledge and education – particularly in higher education, will assist with transformational  change for not only today but for generations to come.” – Victor Jones, Dayton Job Corps career transition specialist
“Our combined effort to support those who seek more knowledge and education – particularly in higher education, will assist with transformational change for not only today but for generations to come.” – Victor Jones, Dayton Job Corps, Career Transition Specialist
 
Each Job Corps student’s academic level will be examined by Wilberforce faculty.
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