EWC BEEP Named 2013 "College of the Year"

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Edward Waters College was named the 2013 “College of the Year” by the National Urban League at the 44th annual Black Executive Exchange Program Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Sharon Harris serves at the Campus Liaison for the League of BEEP Associates at Edward Waters College. Harris hand-picked the students in the group and proactively prepares them for a career in corporate America. The National Urban League also honored Harris previously and named her the 2011 Campus Liaison of the Year. 

"I am humbly appreciative for this prestigious award, and honored for the recognition respectfully deserved," said Harris. "Working with unique organizations such as the National Urban League and the Jacksonville Urban League made it possible for our  League of BEEP Associates at Edward Waters College to soar, go above and beyond, and be audacious in every way."

Dr. Richard Danford, President of the Jacksonville Urban League presented the EWC BEEP Associates with a plaque during the Annual BEEP Chapel Service. Executives from UPS, Office Depot, Sodexo, Johnson and Johnson and the Orange County Sheriff's Office were also on campus to serve as visiting professors.

BEEP established in 1969, the National Urban League's oldest signature program, is a voluntary partnership with the business community, government and non-profit institutions which places black executives in classrooms at more than 87 HBCUs as visiting professors. The goal of the program is to better prepare the next generation of professionals for effective corporate leadership by exposing them to the real-world experiences and perspectives of successful business executives. The program is housed on the campuses of HBCUs throughout the country, and has reached over 750,000 students since its inception.

Edward Waters College's BEEP program also equips its students to be marketable for employment at major corporations and Fortune 500 companies. As a result of the BEEP program, four EWC students were accepted into Management Trainee Programs with BEEP affiliated corporations.

The EWC League of BEEP Associates has 12 members from various majors, and was the inaugural winner of the National Urban League’s “I Am Empowered” contest. EWC’s BEEP chapter won the contest by an overwhelming margin by signing up the most people to take the pledge. They have received recognition from the City of Jacksonville, the State of Florida and the National Urban League for their stellar accomplishments, and frequently serve as ambassadors for the College at events across the city.

Edward Waters College is one of 87 HBCUs nationwide with a partnership with the National Urban League BEEP Program. It was also the first BEEP Chapter to launch in the State of Florida.