Jane Sosebee of AT&T serves as acting director of SCIII
COLOMBIA, South Carolina, August 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Jane Sosebeechairman of AT&T South Carolina and interim chairman of SCIII, convened the first meeting of the board of directors of the South Carolina Institutes of Innovation and Information Foundation, Inc. (SCIII), on Tuesday, August 23, 2022, at the Capital City Club Columbia. Board members in attendance included Attorney Tigeron Wells, Director of State Government Affairs of Duke Energy, Ms. Yvette RolandSenior Liaison Officer, State and Federal Relations for Santee Cooper, Mr. michael jacksonPort Authority of South Carolina, Ms. Stephanie JonesCorporate Philanthropy Communications Consultant for Dominion Energy, Ms. Caroline Parkerretired executive of the United States Department of Agriculture, Mr. Bo Ghirardelli and Mrs. Laura Platorespectively CEO and COO of Sky’s the Limit in California and Senator John L. Scott, Jr., SC Legislator who sponsored the bill that provided funding to establish the institutes on the seven historically black campuses of the College and University (HBCU) of Caroline from the south. dr. Bob JenningsActing CEO of the Foundation and Dr. Gwynth R. Nelson, CEO of the institutes were also present.
The Foundation supports institutes by identifying, cultivating and soliciting human and fiscal resources that will catalyze member institutions in creating innovative programs and services that will produce the best and brightest students while simultaneously enhancing their collaborations with the businesses and industries across the state and nation. . Dr. Jennings explained that the Foundation is seeking funds to support three major initiatives: the Scholarship Fund, the Endowment Fund and the Project Fund.
It is no secret that the greatest need among students at HBCU campuses is often the need for scholarships and financial aid. Research shows that more than 50% of students on SC campuses are the first in their families to attend college; the main reason for quitting or dropping out is due to a lack of financial support. The Foundation’s Scholarship Fund will fill the gap for many of these students and keep them enrolled in school. The endowment fund will help ensure the longevity of the institutes, while the project fund will help ensure that faculty stay abreast of the latest trends and needs of the markets they are preparing students for while providing students with hands-on experiences through through internships, job shadowing, and part-time or full-time employment opportunities while pursuing their studies.
Caroline from the south Institutes of Innovation and Information (SCIII) is an initiative and vision inspired by Sen. John L. Scott, Jr.which focuses on revolutionizing and developing the capabilities and overall contributions of the state’s seven four-year HBCUs to the citizens and residents of the state. Caroline from the south has a rich history in educating people of color, and SCIII provides the perfect channel for partnerships between SCIII HBCUs and state business and industry, diversifying and enhancing the workforce of the ‘State.
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