Realizing the “Promise” of Promise Programs: Building and Sustaining Effective Community Partnerships
October 11 │ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

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For many students in rural areas such as Fairfield County, S.C., barriers such as lack of finances and resources limit their access to postsecondary education. This session focused on how a small, low-income rural county developed innovative and collaborative initiatives to address the problem of access to postsecondary educational opportunities. 

In 2019, the Fairfield County School District and Midlands Technical College established the “Fairfield Promise” scholarship to provide high school graduates a pathway to tuition-free college. In addition, the business community collaborated with the school district to develop apprenticeship programs in the fields of construction, welding, and masonry.