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Voorhees University hosting Rural Community Development Institute June 9

Denmark, S.C. – The Voorhees University Becoming Beloved Community Initiative, in conjunction with the South Carolina Institute of Innovation and Information (SCIII), will host the Rural Community Development Institute kickoff program, which will provide information on innovation and educational opportunities related to careers in rural community development.  

Who:       The Honorable John Scott, South Carolina State Senator, Voorhees University and SCIII 

What:      Rural Community Development Institute Kickoff Program 

When:     Thursday, June 9, 2022, at 11 a.m. 

Where:   Massachusetts Hall, Voorhees University Campus 

The Rural Community Development Institute operates as a partner with the South Carolina General Assembly. The purpose of the institute is to develop a collaboration between students, community, and industry leaders, establish a technology center and assist in meeting the broadband needs of the Denmark and Bamberg areas.  

The institute also will connect current and future students with industry leaders, and create educational opportunities through seminars, webinars, and industry-related summits.  

The institute will conduct community assessments related to food and housing insecurities, under- and unemployment, and healthcare disparities.  

About Voorhees University

Voorhees University, founded by Elizabeth Evelyn Wright in 1897, is a private, coeducational institution affiliated with the Episcopal Church and the United Negro College Fund. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Its mission is to produce highly qualified graduates who coalesce intellect and faith in pursuit of life-long learning, healthy living, the betterment of society, and an abiding faith in God. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Voorhees as a #1 best value, #3 in social mobility and #33 among regional colleges in the south in 2022-2023; and #26 among Historically Black Colleges and Universities, nationally. Additional information about Voorhees University can be found at


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