The digital marketplace demands a skilled workforce. We've responded by creating coursepower, a program that will empower schools to grow technically adept talent for South Carolina.

14 schools in South Carolina :

how does it work?

coursepower is digital education. face the digital tsunami

Technology has become a primary driver of nearly all industries. Currently there is a global shortage of technically skilled individuals paired with an insatiable talent demand. The acute shortage is upon us partly because high schools and universities have not responded quickly to market dynamics and have a broad misunderstanding of technology's role in business.

acknowledge our talent deficit

The Midlands of South Carolina produces more college graduates in the state than any other region yet cannot fill its technology employment needs even if all graduates remain in the area. More than 2,400 unfilled IT positions exist in South Carolina. The Midlands needs 3,000 IT professionals over the next decade and is on track to produce only 1,650. This high-impact growing market necessitates a statewide investment.

These numbers only tell part of the story. They do not take into account the greater numbers of non-technical jobs requiring technology savvy and awareness.

embrace this vital opportunity

South Carolina is uniquely positioned to become a top producer and consumer of technology talent - however, educational, technology, innovation and business entities have lacked a cohesive organization and a single mission. The coursepower program organizes the broad-based consortium of organizations, companies and schools around a single mission of establishing a powerful pipeline of tech-savvy talent with local educational institutions as the primary engine.

our goals

foster alignment
Align all parties involved in the initiative.

invest in education
Create an academic track (Applied Computing) at local colleges and universities.

link businesses and schools
Link local schools and companies together to understand the resources required, what businesses need and what interests students.

develop youth programs
Connect with parents and expand and develop youth programs ( in local real estate investment to engage more students.

promote technology in classrooms
Encourage regional promotion of computer technology programs in higher education institutions.

encourage recruitment
Encourage local recruitment and track successful hiring occurring within companies.

“EDENS is investing in coursepower to establish a self-perpetuating ecosystem of tech-savvy talent across industries in South Carolina.”
jason tompkins

“Students who choose information technology have the unique opportunity to pick any industry or business to apply their skills and create the future.”
lonnie emard
Executive Director, IT-oLogy

“This program will help get more students involved in applying technology to solve problems and will make South Carolina's workforce more competitive.”
george hutton
Executive Director, engenuitySC

“To be competitive, we need to continue to bring technology to business. Coursepower helps South Carolina close the gap.”
bobby hitt
Secretary of Commerce

“Our long-term goal is to develop a local, tech-savvy, cross-industry workforce that grows business and attracts new business and entrepreneurs.”
bill mahoney

a cooperative effort

Businesses, organizations and academic institutions are working together to change the way students encounter and embrace our digital culture.

program leaders

Connecting people and places with community-oriented shopping places.

EngenuitySC ›
A public/private partnership committed to growing the knowledge economy in South Carolina.

FirstMark Capital ›
An early stage venture capital firm partnering with exceptional entrepreneurs.

IT-oLogy ›
A non-profit dedicated to economic development and growing the IT talent pipeline.

A self-sustaining company that supports technology and job creation in South Carolina.

USC Office of Economic Engagement ›
Encourages statewide economic growth and fostering the entrepreneurial spirit.

participating schools
Benedict College ›
A private, liberal arts institution that believes in giving back to the community.

Columbia College ›
A private, liberal arts, women's college focusing on leadership development.

Midlands Technical College ›
A technical school providing practical education to students with diverse backgrounds.

University of South Carolina ›
A major public university committed to serving the community through academic excellence and outreach.

strategic partners
BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina ›
A health insurance provider and major supporter of community and charitable causes.

Cyberwoven ›
A digital agency that builds inspired online experiences that empower and grow businesses.

Connecting students, parents, educators and employers to education and career opportunities.

South Carolina Department of Commerce ›
Promotes economic opportunities by helping new and existing businesses grow.

truematter ›
An interactive usability consultancy that helps organizations define and achieve their online goals.

for students

Technology is everywhere, in every business. Good thing you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to impress employers with your tech know-how.

“i always thought you had to know someone to land a great job, but in the technology field, if you have the right skills, they need you.”
jason pfaehler
midlands technical college

“the coursepower program included only what i wanted to learn. it was perfect for me. and, the price was right.”
brock rhoad
midlands technical college

“the experience i have with design programs falls hand in hand with the knowledge i’ve gained with the applied computing minor.”
jessica bonilla garcia
columbia college

ok. what’s in it for me?

to put a fine point on it — jobs, stability, advancement and money.

earn more.
Employers in all fields need well-rounded people who understand technology. Graduates with tech know-how will land jobs and be well-paid.

stay a step ahead.
Technology influences every aspect of our lives, and it’s constantly evolving. Develop your skills and you’ll stay on the cutting edge.

make a difference.
Tech-savvy people drive progress in every industry. Take the opportunity to help improve your field, your community, and the world.

what does it do for me right now?

To encourage, educate and enthusiastically promote Coursepower (Minor in Applied Computing.) To serve as an official “voice” in promoting the program.

We work with employers to create internships that are only open to students in our program. Less competition, and hands-on tech experience in your field!

what will i learn?

you’ll take courses in applied computing, and gain skills that are valuable in any work environment.

technology affects everything.
No industry goes untouched by the digital world. You’ll learn how technology affects your field of study, and what skills are most viable for you.

make yourself relevant in any workplace.
When you understand how companies use technology every day, you can hone your skills to match what they need.

embrace your skill set.
Living at the crossroads of technology and the humanities gives you a unique perspective that’s valuable to employers.

exact courses are different for each of our participating schools.

how will this help my career?

Journalists work with all kinds of digital media, including content and database management, computer networking, and digital publishing.

health care
Most of the health industry manages medical records electronically and digitally indexes, stores and updates files.

project management
Project managers plan, schedule, budget and control tasks in a digital environment so others can access that information.

The manufacturing industry operates on digital data and analysis from machinery, as well as digital design and simulation.

civil engineering
Constructing and maintaining the modern world requires modern tools like Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial programming.

sales & marketing
We buy and sell in a digital world. Embracing technology trends and new platforms will make you more successful in sales and marketing.

media arts
Art and technology have fused to make digital media a prominent form of communicating, creating and educating.

retail merchandising
Retail merchandisers use analytics, social media, and other technology to generate leads and sales, and to meet objectives.

financial services
Daily tasks like banking and billing have gone digital, as have more complex tasks like financial analytics and electronic trading.

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