Benedict College will be part of a partnership with Propel Center, a new global campus headquartered in Atlanta that will support innovative learning and development for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) nationwide.
The first-of-its-kind innovation and learning hub for the HBCU community is supported by Apple, which announced a $25 million donation along with plans to work alongside the educational institutions to support the next generation of diverse leaders, providing innovative curricula, technology support, career opportunities, and fellowship programs. Southern Company is also a founding partner in the project.
The initiative will serve as a hub for all HBCUs (more than 100 nationwide), and is designed to connect students and faculty from across the community and provide them with the knowledge, skills, tools and resources necessary to transform our nation’s talent pipeline and workforce. Curriculum options will include AI and machine learning, agricultural technologies, social justice, entertainment arts, app development, augmented reality, design and creativity, career preparation, and entrepreneurship tracks.
“We are excited about our partnership with the Propel Center and the promise that it holds to accelerate education, innovation, and workforce development at Benedict College and throughout the entire HBCU community,” said Benedict College President Roslyn Clark Artis. “The Center will undoubtedly create new pathways and help to remove barriers to socio-economic advancement opportunities for HBCU students and communities of color. Benedict College is proud to be a significant contributor along with Apple and Southern Company in this endeavor.”
Students from participating schools will be able to access Propel Center’s online digital learning platform from anywhere, and will also have access to the 50,000 sq.-ft. Propel Center headquarters in Atlanta, equipped with state-of-the-art lecture halls, learning labs, and on-site living for a scholars-in-residence program.
More information on the project is available at PropelCenter.org.