Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Clemson's `Call Me Mister' Program Gets Boost in Funding. (Noteworthy News)

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Clemson's `Call Me Mister' Program Gets Boost in Funding. (Noteworthy News)

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CLEMSON, S.C.

Black men wanting to become teachers will get some help from the federal government now that Clemson University has received $500,000 for college scholarships to young Black men who want to be elementary school teachers.

The money will fund Clemson University's "Call Me Mister" program, a collaboration between Clemson and three historically Black colleges, says U.S. Rep. Jim DeMint, R-S.C.

Scholarships to Benedict College in Columbia, Claflin College in Orangeburg and Morris College in Sumter will help attract Black men into the teaching profession, while Clemson University researchers study the best ways to encourage them to become elementary teachers and strong role models for children.

"Call Me Mister provides an opportunity to develop a strong, accountable teacher education program based on reality, research and results," DeMint says. "It provides positive role models for minority children and a great opportunity for Black men to enter the teaching profession."

Minority enrollment is expected to reach 39 percent in South Carolina public schools before the end of this decade, yet fewer than 1 percent of elementary school teachers are Black men, says Tom Parks, project director and an education professor at Clemson University. …

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