UDC News


November 7 , 2007




Mike Andrews
University Spokesperson
(202) 274-5685

Gwenn Bush-Hodge

(202) 274-7176



University of the District of Columbia School of Business and Public Administration Salutes Partners PEPCO, Verizon and DC Human Services



What:             UDC/SBPA Partner Day


Who:               UDC School of Business and Public Administration

                        Partners: Pepco, Verizon/Washington DC & D.C. Department of Human Services Income Maintenance


When:             Thursday, November 15, 2007

                        4:30 – 6:30 p.m.


Where:           University Auditorium foyer (Building 46 East)

                        University of the District of Columbia

                        4200 Connecticut Ave, NW

                        Washington, D.C.


            Washington, DC - The University of the District of Columbia School of Business and Public Administration (SBPA) proudly announces Partners Day to recognize private and public partner organizations.  Partners Day was conceived by the SBPA to salute large, medium and small business firms, local government agencies and community organizations that have supported the School during the academic year. 


            This year the SBPA is saluting several organizations, including Pepco for providing scholarships.  Verizon/Washington, DC is being honored for their sponsorship of the first Mentoring and Diversity Program.  The D.C. Department of Human Services Income Maintenance Administration will be acknowledged for their ten-year sponsorship of the University’s Paving Access Trails for Higher Security (UDC/PATHS) program, a workforce development program created expressly for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients.  TANF is a block grant program developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under welfare re-authorization legislation and intended to help move recipients into work and off welfare. UDC/PATHS program, developed in partnership with DHS/IMA and in operation since spring of 1998, provides basic skills and career assessment, training in life skills, job readiness skills, job search and job placement along with training in selected job skill areas.  The job  skills training and job placement have included Certified Nursing Assistants, Home Health Aides, Emergency Medical Technicians, Certified Addiction Counselors, Child Care Assistants, Office Assistants, Apprenticeships for Construction, Home Repair and Home Inspection, Medical Record Coding and Billing,  Cosmetology, and linkages to continuing education for GED completion and/or Associate degrees and higher education at UDC.



For over thirty years Pepco has provided scholarships to academically gifted Distinct of Columbia residents enrolled in the School of Business and Public Administration.  These scholarships have enabled hundreds of DC residents to continue their education at the University of the District of Columbia and allowed them to become mid-level and senior level professionals in numerous business organizations, local and federal government agencies as well as the not-for-profit organizations.



 Verizon/Washington, DC

 Verizon/Washington, DC has partnered with the University of the District of Columbia School of Business and Public Administration and created the “Verizon Scholar Program,”   a student mentoring and development program.  For the first time, high achieving students and students on the Dean’s List in the School of Business and Public Administration will have the opportunity to participate in a mentoring program housed in a corporate organization.  In addition, this program will provide direct financial assistance to students who have excelled academically and assist Verizon with any future workforce diversity initiatives that it may have.  The challenge of many organizations is finding, attracting, retaining and engaging the best and brightest diverse professionals.  Consequently, many organizations have established Mentoring and Development Programs fully understanding that an educated and diverse workforce is a worthy goal of any corporation.


            During the recognition, a UDC alumnus will be presented an award for supporting the programs and services of the School of Business and Public Administration. Partners Day will be held on Thursday, November 15, 2007 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. on the campus of the University in the Auditorium foyer, Building 46.




            The University of the District of Columbia is the fully-accredited sole public source for accessible, inclusive, affordable, and comprehensive public higher education in the District of Columbia and provides additional life-long learning opportunities. The University delivers quality instruction and uses student-centered approaches to empower and benefit both individuals and its local communities.  The University, an urban land grant institution, is a very diverse community, a gateway to the world, and a significant investment engine for the District of Columbia.  The University is located at 4200 Connecticut Ave, NW Washington, and is conveniently located at the Van Ness/UDC stop on the Red Line of Metro.  For more information on other University activities, contact Mike Andrews, Senior Director for Communications and University Spokesperson at (202) 274-5685 or visit the University’s web site at www.udc.edu.