The University of South Carolina and Benedict College have partnered with Apple to build eight computer labs across the state in the United States.
In a press release, Gov. Henry McMaster announced that the initiative will locate the new labs near “local school districts, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), the South Carolina Technical College System and citizens in the community.”
“The pandemic has made it abundantly clear that internet access is not a luxury but a necessity for millions of South Carolinians. The strategic placement of these labs will bolster South Carolina’s premier workforce training efforts by giving our communities and people access to resources they need to expand participation in our state’s growing economy.”
University of South Carolina President Bob Caslen says that the new labs will “give South Carolinians relevant skills that are in high demand in today’s economy.”
“As the state’s flagship institution, the University of South Carolina is committed to enhancing statewide economic and workforce development initiatives. By providing access to Apple’s coding curriculum and emphasizing creative learning, this partnership is a game changer for our state. The educational programs and training at these learning centers will give South Carolinians relevant skills that are in high demand in today’s economy. We are proud to partner with Governor McMaster, Apple and Benedict College in this mission by investing in underserved communities across the state.”
Susan Prescott, Apple’s Vice President of Worldwide Developer Relations and Enterprise & Education Marketing, echoed comments from Apple before that “access to technology is key to learning and workforce opportunities today.”
“At Apple, we believe education is the great equalizer, and that access to technology is key to learning and workforce opportunities today. We are proud that Apple products and curriculum have been selected by the University of South Carolina and Benedict College for their new education labs. Together, we aim to ensure all South Carolinians have the opportunity to learn, code, create, and grow in new ways.”
The University says that each lab will be available to faculty, staff, students, and the community at no cost.