Allen University Announces Partnership and MOU with Florence School District Three

COLUMBIA, SC / ACCESSWIRE / June 29, 2021 / Allen University and Florence School District Three announce an academic support andcommunity impact partnership. The memorandum of understanding (MOU) aims to increase accessibility to college-level arts and science programming, provide professional mentorship, and engaging enrichment and accelerationprogramming for students district-wide.

Dr. Ernest McNealey, President and CEO, Allen University and Dr. Laura Hickson, Superintendent Florence School District 3 signing MOUs.

Dr. Ernest McNealey, President and CEO, Allen University and Dr. Laura Hickson, Superintendent Florence School District 3 pose with signed MOUs.

Dr. Ernest McNealey, President and CEO, Allen University and Dr. Laura Hickson, Superintendent Florence School District 3, and pose with gift to Dr. Hickson.

“Florence School District Three has a rich history. Home to the likes of Ronald E. McNair, Florence School District Three exemplifies the talent that lies in our state. The district is dedicated to ensuring all students are college and career-ready and are productive members of society. At Allen University, where we “Teach the Mind to Think, the Hands to Work, and the Heart to Love,” students from Florence School District Three can thrive,” explained Allen University President and CEO Dr. Ernest McNealey. “Providing an increase in accessibility continues our commitment to meeting students where they are and remaining dedicated to the communities we serve.”

The new partnership seeks to increase accessibility to exposure of college-level and professional opportunities to Florence area students. The document outlines areas of cooperation between Allen University and Florence School District Three in developing and delivering programming, access, and exposure to college and professional opportunities that can positively impact the Florence area students.

“We are excited to partner with Allen University to provide our students with another layer of support as well as the opportunity for additional education experiences,” Dr. Laura Hickson, Florence School District Three, Superintendent, explained. “With the rigor of college-level programming as well as the mentorship and enrichment available through this partnership, we can provide our students a more seamless transition from high school to college or the workforce. We thank Allen University for their commitment to this partnership and Florence School District Three students.”

Highlights of the MOU signed June 17, 2021, include:

Allen University will provide

  • subject matter speakers and presenters for designated occasions and programs at schools in Florence 3,
  • remote mentoring and scheduled onsite mentoring,
  • student access to Saturday Art and Science programs,
  • readers and leaders for enrichment, mentorship, and acceleration programs for schools across the district,
  • support for programs and initiatives in Florence 3 reflective of the universal obligation of citizenship and pursuit of the Greater Good.

About Allen University

Allen University is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and SchoolsCommission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Allen University

About Florence School District Three

Florence County School District Three, located in lower Florence County, is the second-largest of the five school districts in the county. The district is at the midpoint between Columbia and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina – approximately 65 miles east of Columbia and 65 miles west of Myrtle Beach.

Anika V. Thomas
Allen University, Director of Marketing and Communication
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Brian Huckabee

Florence School District 3, Director of Communications and Technology 843-374-8652 ext. 10061| [email protected]

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