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Cultivating opportunities for staff development

What is CU Grow?

CU Grow provides a framework to support the personal and professional growth of Clemson University staff in full-time positions. Through workshops and training, skills development, experiential learning and volunteer service, CU Grow makes transformational change possible.

Applications for the 2025 cohort of CU Grow are open!

Program Duration

12 Months

Application Window

July 1st - September 30th

Cost to Enroll

0 Dollars

Testimonials from graduates

Deveraux Williams Headshot

If you are looking for a challenge and an opportunity for development in your current job, I strongly suggest signing up for CU Grow!
- Deveraux Williams
Dir. IT & Client Relations Manager

Lindsey Ricketts Headshot

It broadened my knowledge of everything Clemson has to offer. I know I am a better person and employee after going through CU Grow, and I really enjoyed my time in the program!
- Lindsey Ricketts
Associate Director - Athletic Academic Services

Gary Mathis Headshot

I am truly blessed to have had the opportunity to experience the wonderful leadership and guidance this program offers. It added value to everything I do. I highly recommend taking advantage of this opportunity!
- Gary Mathis
Research Associate

Kesha Smith Headshot

The experience was life-changing! The program gave me a greater outlook on my life, personally and professionally. I learned about the significance of authenticity and professionalism in the workplace. I am truly blessed to have been a part of the CU Grow family!
- Kesha Smith
Administrative Coordinator

Who Should Apply?

Eligibility criteria:

  • Full-time employees, from any discipline, pay band or educational level, who have been at Clemson for at least three years
  • Performance evaluation ratings of Successful or higher
  • Interest in professional development, career progression and personal growth
  • Supervisor approval and support
Three employees looking at a laptop together while sitting on steps outside on a sunny day.
Three plants growing at different increasing heights representing the CU Grow steps

Program Overview

Brand YOU!

Participate in reflective training and activities to enhance unique skills.

Competencies Development

Focus on job-specific development to build upon strengths and put them into practice.

University Framework Extension

Experience operational and governance-related sessions.

Give Back!

Work collaboratively on an approved community-service project.

Application Information

Applications for the 2025 cohort of CU Grow are open! Please use the staff application linked below to submit your application to the program. Once your application is complete, your supervisor should complete the “Supervisor Approval” form, which is linked below. For additional assistance or inquiries, please contact us at

Collage of CU Grow cohort at various program events

CU Grow Leadership

Jaz Hamilton-Allen
Program Founder

Kristen Craft Finley
Program Lead

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