Virginia Union University, a historically Black educational institution in Richmond, Virginia, has announced the formation of two new schools and a new initiative that will emphasize workforce training.
The School of Social Justice and Community Activism will give students the opportunity to learn about the numerous ways to effectively participate in social justice initiatives and make sure their voices are heard.
The School of Sacred and Gospel Music will house the Hezekiah Walker Center for Gospel Music at the university, where students will learn about the fundamentals of songwriting and production in addition to the historical aspects of gospel music as it relates to African American culture.
The Workforce Development and Technical Training Initiative will meet the needs of those who choose to gain experience outside of a four-year degree program. The institution will give students the opportunity to acquire an associate’s degree and/or certification with the option of continuing study for a bachelor’s degree.
“There is an increase in the desire for affordability and greater interest in two-year programs and skills training,” said Hakim J. Lucas, president of Virginia Union University. “To propel the university’s strategy to be ‘Best in Class,’ we must cater to the 21st-century student by meeting them where they are.”