Benedict College will coordinate this project to explore use of a telecommunications network to address disparities in educational attainment among African Americans in South Carolina. Through a two-point network, the project will connect Benedict College to community-based educational centers in three targeted communities. The network will be used to provide each site with an after school activities program, Saturday workshops twice monthly, a three week summer residential camp, and parental/community workshops.
The project specifically will address math enrichment and will seek to involve parents in the program by requiring parental permission and participation in at least one cultural enrichment activity with their child during the year. Education will be promoted as a community obligation.
South Carolina has the lowest SAT scores of any state in the nation and over 27 percent of its students drop out of school. The statistics are even gloomier for African American students, with over 50 percent of African American males and females failing to pass the high school exit exam. This project will seek to address this education crisis facing the African American community in South Carolina with a computer-based program administered in partnership with leading community organizations and churches.
Benedict College will partner with the Aiken School District as well as with churches and community organizations.