JCSU students sell fresh fruits and vegetables produced at campus greenhouses.
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Johnson C. Smith University received $325,000 from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina to expand the school’s campus gardens so it can produce food to sell at local markets year-round.

Johnson C. Smith University

Johnson C. Smith University has received a $100,000 federal grant to expand a space used to create products and collaborate with others on technological and entrepreneurial ideas. The grant is administered by the State Library of North Carolina.

Gwendolyn Glenn

More than 60 percent of residents in Mecklenburg County are obese, according to the county’s Food Policy Council. One of the primary reasons for the high rate of obesity, which often leads to health problems like diabetes and high blood pressure, is the lack of grocery stores in many neighborhoods, according to the council. 

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Johnson C. Smith University has a new president. Clarence Armbrister joined the university last month. Although he’s spent several years in university administration, he didn’t exactly come up the usual academia ranks. Armbrister is a lawyer with a finance background. He’s worked as treasurer for the city of Philadelphia, as chief of staff for one of the city’s mayor, and as managing director for the city’s school. Armbrister is taking over the historically black university at a challenging time. 


Johnson C. Smith University's accrediting agency has placed the school on probation.


Oprah Winfrey is speaking this Sunday at Johnson C. Smith University’s commencement. The media mogul has a personal connection to three young women at the Charlotte school. They’re graduates of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, the school she opened in South Africa in 2007. 


As Veteran’s Day is celebrated nationwide, locally, officials at Johnson C. Smith University used the occasion to unveil new services the school is offering former military students.

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North Carolina has one of the highest numbers of historically black colleges and universities in the country. Over the past few years many of their enrollment numbers have declined. There are multiple reasons for that. They include tighter requirements on some federal loans, higher admissions standards, and competition from schools that were long closed to African Americans. The history and future of HBCUs are the subject of Thursday's Charlotte Talks.

In this story, WFAE's Lisa Worf looks at how the state’s public and private HBCUs are trying to distinguish themselves.

JCSU Gets More Than $1 Million For Scholarship Fund

Apr 17, 2014

Johnson C. Smith University has received about $1 million this month for a scholarship fund that helps students pay the difference between their financial aid and tuition.

Courtesy of Wingate University

College is hard for many students and families to afford. But take federal financial aid out of the picture, plus in-state rates for public colleges and paying for school becomes nearly impossible. That’s the challenge for students in North Carolina who are here illegally or have deferred status. Some private colleges in the Charlotte area are reaching out to these students.