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Propel Center will provide students and faculty with world-class skills and leadership development opportunities through virtual and in-person instruction

Lawson State Community College is proud to announce its partnership with Propel Center, a new global campus headquartered in Atlanta that will support innovative learning and development for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) nationwide. Lawson State will collaborate with Propel Center and the entire HBCU community to bring leadership and career development programming to its students. 

Propel Center was imagined and designed by Ed Farm, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing education through technology — with Apple and Southern Company supporting the project as founding partners. The Propel Center is designed to connect HBCU students to technology curriculum, cultural thought leaders, entrepreneurship skills development, and accelerator programs, with a focus on social justice and equity.    

The first-of-its-kind initiative will serve as a hub for all 100+ HBCUs, and is designed to connect students and faculty from across the community and provide them with the knowledge, skills, tools and resources necessary to transform our nation’s talent pipeline and workforce. Curriculum options will include AI and machine learning, agricultural technologies, social justice, entertainment arts, app development, augmented reality, design and creativity, career preparation, and entrepreneurship tracks.  

“Lawson State looks forward to the opportunity to connect with the great network of HBCUs through the Propel Center,” said Dr. Cynthia T. Anthony, interim president of Lawson State Community College. “We are so glad to see this system come to fruition as it will showcase the innovation that comes forth from HBCUs and grant us access to a global partnership that will only enhance the opportunities we are able to present to our students, faculty, and community.”