FAMU and Tennessee State Join HBCUsOnline Roster

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by Lauren Porter

HBCUsOnline, an online education services organization that offers a wide range of professional certificates for information technology, has partnered with two more colleges, Florida A & M University and Tennessee State University. The schools join Texas Southern University. The program, spearheaded by Tom Joyner, a syndicated radio talk show host, seeks to attract adults to online classes.

Since September 2010, more than 150,000 adult students have visited HBCUsOnline.com for information regarding higher education programs. The program provides specialties to facilitate the application and enrollment process, which is now open for fall courses. After completing all academic requirements, students will receive a degree from their applied university.

“Adding FAMU and Tennessee State as part of HBCUsOnline is very exciting because we are now partnering with three of the largest HBCUs in the nation,” said Tom Joyner, host of the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show and founder of the company. “I want to make sure that African Americans know that getting an online degree from an HBCU is a better choice. Students take classes from experienced professors and graduates become part of the schools’ proud legacy of alumni!”

With the HBCUsOnline, FAMU is offering graduate-level programs in three different areas, including Executive Masters in Business Administration, a Masters in Public Health, and a Master of Science in Nursing. FAMU, founded in 1890, is the nation’s largest historically Black college and university. It is named by the National Academics as the number one institution of origin for African Americans who eventually earn Ph.D. degrees in engineering and natural science. “U.S. News and World Report” ranked the FAMU College of Law as one of the nation’s most diverse law schools. Programs accessible at the university include business, architecture, journalism, and pharmacy.

“We are looking forward to enrolling students from across the country and around the globe in our online programs so that we can prepare them to pursue their career goals and give them the opportunity to be a part of this great Rattler tradition,” said University President James H. Ammons. “We are pleased to partner with HBCUsOnline to bring our programs to the fingertips of a broader audience.”

The Nashville-based university is offering two undergraduate programs and a masters program under the direction of HBCUsOnline. One program is designed specifically to help working adults complete their degrees including a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies, which has a concentration in Organizational Leadership of Information Technology. Finally, a Master of Professional Studies will allow students to select a concentration in one of three programs of study: Human Resources Leadership, Training and Development, or Strategic Leadership.

Founded in 1812, Tennessee State has been ranked one of the nation’s best colleges by “U.S. News and World Report” for 12 consecutive years and educates more than 8,800 students.

“Tennessee State University has a diverse student population and offers quality programs to suit the academic and professional needs of its constituency,” said President Portia Shields. “Through this partnership, we are able to extend the university’s reach and expose the merits of this great Institution to a broader audience.”

Texas Southern University was the first school to offer online education courses with HBCUsOnline. Their online degree programs include a general executive MBA and an Executive MBA with an emphasis in Energy Finance and an Executive Masters in Public Administration. Founded 85 years ago, the school is best known for the Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Jesse H. Jones School of Business, Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs and College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Joyner’s work with HBCUsOnline is added to a list of organizations he works with, including the 12-year-long running Tom Joyner Foundation, which has raised more than $60 Million to help students remain enrolled in HBCUs.

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