Social networking giant Facebook announced on Wednesday, May 30, that it will fund scholarships for 25 Greenville residents to enroll at Carolina Code School.
Carolina Code School is the first of several economic development initiatives organized by Build Carolina, a Greenville-based nonprofit “dedicated to building talent initiatives to support innovative companies across the Carolinas.”
The school’s full-time, 12-week web development immersive course aims to prepare college students and working professionals for a career in software development — no coding experience required, according to a news release.
“Providing scholarships for students to attend Carolina Code School demonstrates how strongly they [Facebook] believe in the power of learning to code and in the importance of making sure our entire community has access to high-quality code education,” Lelia King, executive director of Build Carolina and Carolina Code School, said in a statement.
The partnership between Facebook and Carolina Code School was announced as part of the company’s Community Boost program, which “is designed to help small businesses grow and better compete in today’s new economy,” according to a news release.
Greenville was one of the first five cities chosen to host the program. It is currently being held at the ONE Center in downtown through Friday, June 1. By the end of this year, 30 other cities across the country will have hosted similar events.
The Community Boost program includes training for job seekers and small businesses looking to strengthen their digital skills acumen, the release said. Sample courses include Getting Started with Facebook, Connecting with Local Shoppers, Getting Business Done with Instagram, and Taking Facebook Ads to the Next Level.
“We’re inspired by what small businesses have been able to do using Facebook, but we want to do more — particularly for those who are transitioning to careers that require more digital skills. It’s clear that small businesses are using social media to create new opportunities and grow, so we’re bringing this valuable training program to them in Greenville to help local entrepreneurs learn and prosper,” Doug Frisbie, global marketing director of small business for Facebook, said in a statement.
As of November, Facebook said it had invested more than $1 billion since 2011 in training, technology, tools, support, and research to help people and small businesses.
A recent report — released by Morning Consult in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Technology Engagement Center and Facebook — found that small businesses create an estimated 4 out of every 5 new jobs in the United States and that small businesses’ digital usage translates into those jobs.
In South Carolina, 46 percent of small businesses on Facebook said the social media platform is an essential tool for running their business, and that it has helped them hire employees. Sixty-two percent said Facebook allows them to find customers in other cities, states, and countries. And 79 percent said that an individual’s digital and social media skills are an important consideration when hiring, more than where they went to school.
For more information, visit newsroom.fb.com.