Access SC encompasses a few projects across the state including the Homework Help Center (HHC) Project that began in 2018 as well as the Homework Help Center and Broadband Expansion Project (HHC BEP) that just began in 2020. Each of these projects focuses on helping increase broadband access across the state targeting students and job seekers especially those in rural communities.
The State Library Project Managers for Access SC are:
Jennifer Jean Shelby Kelly
Statewide Program Coordinator Statewide Program Coordinator
(803) 734-1481 (803) 737-8867
Homework Help Center (HHC)
The Homework Help Center (HHC) program began in 2018 when the State Library received funds from the K-12 Technology Committee. Ten locations across the state were chosen to participate and libraries were given the opportunity to create a program that would serve students in need of completing school assignments, provide afterschool homework assistance, and expand internet connectivity, especially in rural areas.
Participating locations received Kajeet Mi-Fi devices (Wi-Fi hotspots) that were checked out through the entire school year to those students identified as most in need of the service. Some participating locations provided their own devices and in subsequent years added other devices such as tablets and laptops to their Homework Help Centers as well.
At the end of each school year the Kajeet Mi-Fi devices are sent back to the State Library to be redistributed, before the beginning of the next school year, based on the needs of the libraries and students.
Homework Help Center Broadband Expansion Project (HHC BEP)
The Homework Help Center Broadband Expansion Project (HHC BEP) began in 2020 with CARES Act funding that the State Library received. All public libraries across the state were invited to participate in this program. This program focused on increasing broadband access in the homes of students and job seekers.
Participating locations received materials such as Kajeet Mi-Fi devices (Wi-Fi hotspots), Laptops or iPads, and Kajeet school bus devices (Wi-Fi Hotspots on buses). Each location that requested materials worked within their community to impact those most in need of these services.