Historically Black Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina, is the first institution of higher education in the nation to sign an agreement with the U. S. Department of Veteran Affairs to participate in the Veteran Health Administration Health Care Talent Academy. As a result of the partnership, Benedict College scholars will participate in a dynamic and innovative learning and development program for undergraduate students interested in health careers.
The pilot program will increase awareness, knowledge, and empathy of future health conditions common in veterans among Benedict students interested in the health care field. Students will have an opportunity to do 20-40 hours of clinical shadowing and observing at the nearby Dorn VA Medical Center.
Roslyn Clark Artis, president of Benedict College stated that “the partnership introduces our students to careers in the Veteran’s Healthcare System. Our veterans have served their country with distinction, and we want to ensure that they are receiving the highest quality healthcare in return for their service. This partnership reflects another step in that direction.”