Blue Ridge Community College logo for News Articles

Land of Sky awards Blue Ridge Community College 5K grant for all-new laptops

The Land of Sky Regional Council recently awarded a $5,000 BAND-NC grant to Blue Ridge Community College. The funding will be used to purchase seven new laptop computers for its students. The grant comes as part of an initiative by Land of Sky to develop digital inclusion plans for Buncombe, Madison, Henderson and Transylvania Counties.

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of digital learning has been magnified significantly, and Blue Ridge Community College President Dr. Laura Leatherwood stressed just how crucial a good laptop can be to students.

“Blue Ridge Community College, like many others, finds itself squarely in the midst of a virtual world,” Leatherwood said. “Our students are no different. For many, a reliable laptop may be the one challenge preventing them from completing their education or starting a new career. This gift from Land of Sky and the Institute of Emerging Issues allows Blue Ridge to once again respond to student needs in order to propel them forward to success. On behalf of our students and our entire faculty and staff, thank you, Land of Sky, for your commitment to education and access.”

“Digital inclusion is more important now than it ever has been for our region’s quality of life and competitiveness. The digital inclusion planning leveraged through this grant will allow us to identify opportunities and challenges that will bring better digital equity to our region,” stated Sara Nichols, Regional Planner at Land of Sky Regional Council.

For more information about Blue Ridge Community College programs and support services for students, contact Student Services at (828) 694-1700 or

About Blue Ridge Community College: Blue Ridge Community College is a two-year, post-secondary institution that elevates the educational experience to prepare students for 21st century success in the workplace or at four-year colleges and universities. Providing real-life, affordable, and accessible education, the College offers more than 200 degrees, diplomas, and certificates; more than 200 online courses; and fast-tracked job training.

Our Mission: Blue Ridge Community College empowers individuals with knowledge and skills to enrich our communities and build a competitive workforce.

To learn more about Blue Ridge Community College, visit

About Land of Sky Regional Council: The Land of Sky Regional Council is a multi-county, local government, planning and development organization. It reaches county and municipal borders providing technical assistance to local governments and administers projects and programs which benefits its region’s citizens.