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February 1, 2023

Midlands Fatherhood Coalition Enters Historic Partnership With Morris College


Morris College has partnered with non-profit organization, Midlands Fatherhood Coalition (MFC) to provide over 1,300 men and women in South Carolina with professional development opportunities.

This groundbreaking partnership will provide participants of MFC the opportunities to earn industry certifications in over 1,000 virtual courses such as cybersecurity, logistics and supply chain management, esports gaming and more, provided by Aperion Global Institutes and Blaze Fire Games.

Morris College, a historically black college in Sumter, South Carolina, is the first college to partner with Midlands Fatherhood Coalition to provide educational resources for the organization’s members.

The institute's e-learning programs are accessed through Morris College’s virtual campus designed to prepare students and lifelong learners for today's competitive global entertainment and education market, along with numerous other disciplines, including cybersecurity.

Morris College’s virtual campus will be found at the following URL: https://morriscollegeonline.com/

Participants can complete the courses in as little as 3 weeks, obtaining four cybersecurity industry certifications without getting in debt to cover the costs of the courses. These courses have been specifically designed to incorporate esports and cybersecurity courses surrounding game design and development, network defense, ethical hacking, and digital forensics.

“We are always honored whenever we have an opportunity to give back to the community, to expand our footprint in the community as it relates to offering workforce development credentials or an academic degree for those men and women of the community – especially with an organization like Midlands Fatherhood Coalition. Anytime people need these credentials or degrees, we are always honored to provide that,” said Dr. Lewis Graham, Dean of Academic Affairs at Morris College.

MFC’s mission is to engage fathers in the positive support of their children and to enhance the support for fatherhood throughout the Midlands. The organization provides community-based programs and support groups for its participants, free of charge.

During MFC’s previous fiscal year, over 1,300 participants were served in 38 of South Carolina’s 46 counties.

“At Midlands Fatherhood Coalition, we believe dads make a difference in the lives of their children, families, and communities.  We have witnessed how investing in fathers strengthens families---leading to better outcomes for their children.  This audacious partnership allows our fathers to obtain gainful skills professionally, elevating them to new heights, leaving a financial legacy to their children. We are honored to be highlighted in this partnership with Morris College and Aperion Global Institute and Blaze Fire Games,” Angela McDuffie, CEO of Midlands Fatherhood Coalition said.


About Midlands Fatherhood Coalition

Midlands Fatherhood Coalition (MFC) is a nonprofit organization in South Carolina that offers education and services for men and women trying to rebuild their families and their lives. MFC is also a resource to businesses seeking ready-to-work employees and community organizations who want to learn more about father absence and father engagement. For more information, visit www.midlandsfathers.com.


About Morris College

Morris College is a historically black, liberal arts college located in Sumter, South Carolina operated by the Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina. Morris College’s mission includes providing a high-quality education for students which results in employment and achievement of their educational and career goals. For more information, visit www.morris.edu.