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Shaw Expands Partnership with Innovation Centers

Shaw and American Underground Capitol Broadcasting Company have completed negotiations to relocate the University’s Rocky Mount CAPE program to Rocky Mount Mills, the historic manufacturing campus that CBC owns and is reinventing on the banks of the Haw Tar River.

This exciting move follows and is similar to the University’s recently announced new strategic partnership with Google for Entrepreneurs Tech Hub, American Underground. The Bull City-based American Underground campus at American Tobacco Historic District will now be the Durham site of Shaw’s adult degree program, CAPE (Center for Alternative Programs in Education.)

CBC also owns The American Tobacco Campus and The American Underground. As with these award-winning innovation centers, CBC plans to develop Rocky Mount Mills into a vibrant mixed-use community that reinvigorates the site’s history of creativity and success -- but with a 21st century outlook. The approach fits perfectly with Shaw’s priorities.     

The engineering of the new partnerships with American Underground and Rocky Mount Mills is yet another way Shaw President, Dr. Tashni Ann Dubroy is delivering on her promise to make the historically black university a premier 21st century institution.

"This partnership with American Underground and Rocky Mount Mills is an exciting one," said Dr. Dubroy. "It’s the perfect example of the kind of innovative, integrated strategic partnership that will position Shaw University among top ranked higher education providers today and in the future." 

Added Evan Covington Chavez, manager at Rocky Mount Mills, "The leaders at both Shaw University and Rocky Mount Mills believe Eastern North Carolina’s best days are ahead. Together, we’re laying the groundwork for an even greater degree of entrepreneurship here and an even wider pool of top talent to fill 21st century jobs."