USC, Benedict College to open Apple computer labs in SC towns lacking broadband access

March 30, 2021

source: The Times and Democrat Columbia

COLUMBIA — To help spread internet access to students and residents statewide, the University of South Carolina and Benedict College will open computer labs, complete with technology courses, at eight sites across the Palmetto State.

The program, funded with $6 million from the state’s allocation of federal coronavirus relief money, is aimed at K-12 students living in communities underserved by web access providers, according to Gov. Henry McMaster.

“The pandemic has made it abundantly clear that internet access is not a luxury but a necessity for millions of South Carolinians,” McMaster said in a statement. “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.”

The labs are to be in Columbia’s BullStreet District, at Benedict College and at six of USC’s regional Palmetto College campuses.

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