Wallace Community College Selma (WCCS) is partnering with Propel Center in Atlanta to support students of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
According to a press release from WCCS the Propel Center is a new campus that was set up to develop "leadership and career development learning" to students.
Apple and Southern Company were founding partners with Ed Farm of the center with the intention "to connect HBCU students to technology curriculum, cultural thought leaders, entrepreneurship skills development, and accelerator programs, with a focus on social justice and equity."
HBCU students can have access to the center online as well as the campus itself, which is 50,000 square feet in size and has lecture halls, learning labs, and on-site living for a scholars-in-residence program.
Among the subjects for the curriculum are: AI and machine learning, agricultural technologies, social justice, entertainment arts, app development, augmented reality, design and creativity, career preparation, and entrepreneurship tracks.
“We are very excited and honored to be a partner in this creative initiative,” said WCCS President Dr. James M. Mitchell. “It will provide greater access and opportunity for all involved.”
In the press release Southern Company CEO Tom A. Fanning said that the center aims to close what he describes as gaps in society.
“We know inequities exist in our society, and it’s up to each of us to be more intentional in our efforts to make a difference and bridge the gap,” he said.
“We know more must be done, and the establishment of the Propel Center is another important demonstration of Southern Company fulfilling our commitment to move our communities to a more equitable future. Partnering with Apple in this initiative is an exciting way to connect future leaders with these critical resources.”
For more information, visit propelcenter.org.