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Broadband: Providing Opportunity to South Carolinians Without A College Education

By CSC Staff

By Hongqiang Sun, Research Analyst

In today’s competitive economy, a lack of a college education generally means a lower annual income and a higher unemployment rate. Furthermore, projections made by the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that by 2020, 17 of the 30 fastest growing fields will require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. This has the potential to have a large impact on South Carolina, where nearly one-half of adults do not have a college education.

Recognizing the importance of educational attainment for increased workforce performance, the state of South Carolina has already set a goal of having 53%-60% of 25-34 year olds having their college degrees in 2020, compared to 35% in 2009. To achieve this goal, online learning enabled by broadband Internet is key.SC e-Learner Graph

Connect South Carolina’s newly released report, Broadband - A Technology Tool for Lifelong Learning, shows that many residents are already benefitting from the educational opportunities that broadband has provided.

The report indicates that more than one-third of South Carolina Internet users who do not have a college education (39%) take online classes or conduct research for schoolwork via the Internet, while one-half of them go online to search or apply for jobs, which is more often than Internet subscribers who have a college education. 

Despite these benefits, approximately 916,000 South Carolina residents who do not have a college education do not subscribe to home broadband service. Among these residents, affordability is the largest barrier to subscribing.

Read the full report here. To learn more about South Carolina broadband news and Connect South Carolina, visit the Connect South Carolina website or like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter!


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