Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Returning Soldiers Offered Tuition-Free Classes in Agriculture, June 5, 1919

From The Alamance Gleaner, Graham, N.C., Thursday, June 5, 1919

Free Tuition to Soldiers. . . U.S. Bureau of Education Requests State College Summer School at Raleigh to Offer Courses in Agriculture to Returning Soldiers, Tuition Free

At the request of the United States Bureau of Education the State College Summer School at Raleigh is arranging courses in farm practice for returned soldiers. This instruction will be given these soldiers without any tuition charges. More than 40,000 returned soldiers have applied to date to the Secretary of the Interior concerning the possibility of becoming farm owners, according to a statement by Commissioner of Education P.P. Claxton. In order to reach all classes of these men, this agricultural instruction is to be given in two divisions. One, for those soldiers who have had no farm experience, and who constitute 25 per cent, of those mentioned above, which will be every elementary; and one for those who have had some farm experience. These ex-soldier students in Agriculture will be allowed to take, free of tuition charges, any additional courses offered in the Summer School which they may desire to take.

In addition to this work the Summer School will offer courses in Agriculture and Mechanic Arts for Rehabilitation Soldiers under the general direction of the Federal Board for Vocational Education.
The Summer School further offers exceptionally strong courses in education for the benefit of the teachers of the State who desire to obtain or renew Teacher’s Certificates. The catalogue contains very full information as to the procedure necessary to do these and may be had upon application to W.A. Withers, Director.

In addition to courses in Agriculture and Education, courses in Home Economics, History, Literature, Manual Training, French and Spanish are offered and every opportunity is given for pupils now in High School to obtain additional units for College Entrance, and for College men to obtain College Credit in their Freshman work.

Reservations have been coming in rapidly and a large and successful school is anticipated by the authorities.

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