Apple, the University of South Carolina, and Benedict College announced a partnership on Tuesday that will see eight Apple computer labs built statewide. Funding for the project comes from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief, which awarded $6 million to the school.
The labs will provide internet access to communities in broadband deserts and can be used by local school districts, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), the South Carolina Technical College System and citizens in the community.
There will be no cost to the user for the labs and availability for lab access will be advertised in each community.
“At Apple, we believe education is the great equalizer, and that access to technology is key to learning and workforce opportunities today,” said Susan Prescott, Apple’s Vice President of Worldwide Developer Relations and Enterprise & Education Marketing. “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.”
Apple has a long history of championing education, including a recent initiative called Apple Teacher Portfolio to help teachers bring creativity to every lesson and any subject, no matter where learning happens.