News Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Michael McAllister
(803) 327-8032

Grant Expands Broadband and Computer Access in Lancaster County

January 21, 2011

KERSHAW—On Thursday, January 27, York Technical College will host an open house for the media to see the recently opened Public Computer Center (PCC) at the Kershaw branch of the Lancaster County Library. College and library personnel will be on hand at the Kershaw Branch Library from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. to answer questions about this important new community resource.

The project was funded as part of a $5.9 million grant to the South Carolina Technical College System by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to—among other things—establish a statewide network of 70 PCCs to expand broadband and computer access in rural, underserved, and un-served populations.

The initiative has allowed York Tech to provide the Kershaw Branch Library with seven new PCs, which have been placed in the public stack area, replacing older PCs, some of which were moved to the Lancaster Main Library to increase the number of available public PCs.

The college also created a new 20-station computer lab at the Kershaw library, including new PCs, furniture, and infrastructure to support it. The lab will be used to teach basic and advanced use of computers, the Internet, email, resume writing, and job search skills. York Tech will also provide Career Success Network classes—funded by the J. Marion Sims Foundation—in the library classroom.

The broadband grant also provided 22 new PCs for the computer labs of York Tech’s Kershaw Center, allowing the college to replace 10 older computers at Lancaster County Adult Education. The grant will also benefit the Department of Social Services, which has been using the computer lab at York Tech’s Kershaw Center to teach resume writing and job search skills to its clients.

For more information, contact Dr. Ed Duffy (803-327-8012 or or Ernie Green (803-475-2833 or

York Technical College / 452 South Anderson Road / Rock Hill, SC  29730