1890 Extension Program TechBridge Summer Computer Camp

Wednesday, August 2, 2006

Orangeburg, S.C. — The 1890 Extension Program at South Carolina State University, in collaboration with Henkels & McCoy, Inc., will reward more than 60 students for their commitment and dedication during this summer’s TechBridge Build to Keep Computer Program, by presenting them with brand new computers. The computers to be given were completely built for and by the students who will take them home during award receptions that will be held on July 24-27, 2006.

TechBridge’s Build to Keep Computer Program, a six-week comprehensive program afforded rising 7th and 8th grade students from Anderson, Hampton, Orangeburg and Charleston counties the opportunity to participate in a summer program that was rewarding, educational, fun as well as one that introduced and reinforced the importance of technology.

TechBridge’s Build to Keep Computer Program is the signature program offered by Henkels & McCoy Training Services. Based on cutting edge technology and trends of the future, the programs objectives include: academic enhancement through technology, computer assembly, Introduction to Computers & Setup, Windows XP, Introduction to Keyboarding, instructional hours in Career Exploration, Employability Skills Training, Citizenship Training, and Internet Explorer & Safety.

“By combining our knowledge of training programs and sound educational principles with the expectations of private sector employers, we have developed programs to help meet and exceed standards in today’s demand occupations and assist youth succeed academically,” said Kal Kunkel, project manager, Henkels and McCoy Inc. “Our partnership with SC State’s 1890 Extension Program has allowed us to continue our empowerment and support of students as they move toward independence and self-sufficiency,” he said.

In keeping with the SC State University’s mission of providing economic opportunities, teachers from the local community were employed as instructors for TechBridge’s Build to Keep Computer Program at the various program sites.

“The TechBridge Build to Keep Computer Program is another example of 1890 Research and Extension's commitment to taking our programs to the people,” said Delbert T. Foster, assistant administrator for Community Education and Public Service Activities. “Through this program we have empowered 60 rising 7th and 8th graders from across the state of South Carolina to become ambassadors for technology, who will share what they learned with their peers, and employ the skills gained to achieve and succeed scholastically is why there is such a commitment to do programs such as TechBridge,” Foster continued. “We must continue to prepare our students to become productive citizens in this dynamic global society in which we live, and bridging the gap in the ‘digital divide’ puts us one step closer to achieving that goal,” he said.

The award receptions will be held in the following locations:
July 24, 2006
Westside Community Center
1100 West Franklin Street
Anderson, SC 29624

July 25, 2006
Estill High School
1450 Columbia Highway
Estill, SC 29918

July 26, 2006
1890 Extension Building
South Carolina State University
300 College Street,
Orangeburg, SC 29117

July 27, 2006
Jerusalem Baptist Church
13 Maverick Street
Charleston, SC 29403

The 1890 Research and Extension Program is the cornerstone of the historical land-grant status of South Carolina State University. As a federal program under the sponsorship of the Cooperative State, Research, Education, and Extension Service of the United States Department of Agriculture, 1890 offers unique educational programs and problem-solving techniques to assist diverse rural and urban limited-resource audiences.

The state-wide Extension program provides targeted activities geared toward limited-resource individuals and families. Embracing the philosophy of Dr. George Washington Carver, we too believe that ‘it is simply service that measures success.’ Our programs are designed to assist individuals in achieving social and economic success, as well as to facilitate and enhance their ability to improve the quality of their own lives.

The program delivery is focused on these areas:

  • 4-H and Youth Development
  • Adult Leadership and Community Development
  • Small Farm Assistance and Outreach
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • Family Life
  • Technology and Data Management
  • Nutrition, Food Safety and Wellness
For more information, about the TechBridge computer program or the 1890 Extension Program please contact Mr. Delbert T. Foster at (803) 536-8460.