Benedict College has teamed up with three other local colleges to offer students an edge in the global technology economy in a program called Coursepower®. Benedict College, USC, and Columbia College will offer a minor in applied computing, while Midlands Technical College will offer an academic certificate. This new collaboration will give non-IT majors the technological groundwork to be better equipped for the digital world that influences every career path.

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“We live in a digital age,” said Lonnie Emard, President of IT-oLogy. “So whether a student’s focus is pharmacy, political science or hospitality, a minor in applied computing will set them apart. This underpinning will become the norm in a few years. We are ahead of the curve here in the Midlands.”  Benedict College is the first and only HBCU to offer this opportunity to its students.

By offering students the education that employers are demanding, this will provide employers with the workforce they need to be more competitive. According to Dr. Hong Jiang, Associate Professor, Mathematics & Computer Science Department, Benedict College, “Students can still register for the related courses (CSC 131 and CSC 239 are offered) for the minor in applied computing for Spring 2014.”

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