Community Partners

With its diverse mix of businesses, government agencies, nonprofits, and institutions of higher learning, and its dynamic entrepreneurial class and thriving arts scene, Columbia offers endless opportunities for Heathwood students to translate learning into action.

Since its inception in 2016, Columbia Connections has collaborated with:


Individual Partners

Entrepreneur Moultrie Ball

Author Janette Turner Hospital

Producer John Howard

Cardiologist Dr. Chris Huffman

Columbia Poet Laureate Ed Madden


Business Partners

Alliance Consulting Engineers


CHI Design Indigo

City Roots

Electric Cooperatives of SC

First Citizens Bank

Founders Federal Credit Union

Fresh Market


Nephron Pharmaceuticals

Pet Lovers Warehouse



Smart Recycling


Vulcan Materials

Whole Foods

Zeus Industries



Community Partners

Associated Press

Columbia Fireflies

Columbia Mayor's Office

Congaree Land Trust

Congaree Riverkeeper

Conservation Voters of South Carolina


Harbison State Forest

Historic Columbia

Koger Center for the Arts


One Columbia

Palmetto Health

Providence Health

Richland County Coroner's Office

Richland County Election Board

Richland County Public Library

Richland County Soil and Water Conservation

Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens

Saluda Shoals Park

SC Archeology Public Outreach Division

SC Department of Archives and History

SC Department of Health and Environmental Control


SC State Library

The State newspaper

Sustainable Midlands


Wavering Place Plantation

What's Next Midlands


Education and Nonprofit Partners

Beloved: Children of the Holocaust

Camp Discovery

Carolina Biotech Group

Carolina Wildlife Center

Central Carolina Community Foundation

Columbia College

Columbia Museum of Art

Cooperative Ministry

Deckle Edge Literary Festival

EdVenture Children's Museum

Gills Creek Watershed Association

McKissick Museum

McNAIR Aerospace Center

Palmetto Conservation Foundation

SC Economics

SC Geographic Alliance

SC Humanities

SC State Museum 

SEAS (USC Students Engaged in Aquatic Science)

Transitions Homeless Center

University of South Carolina