Apple Expands Partnerships With HBCUs to Create Community Hubs for Coding

Apple Expands Partnerships With HBCUs to Create Community Hubs for Coding

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Apple announced today that it is expanding partnerships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), adding 10 more regional coding centers that will serve as technology hubs for their campuses and community.

This effort is part of Apple’s Community Education Initiative, designed to bring coding, creativity, and workforce development opportunities to learners of all ages. Last month, Apple launched a new Racial Equity and Justice Initiative focused on challenging systemic barriers to opportunity for communities of color by advancing education, economic equality, and criminal justice reform efforts.

”Apple is committed to working alongside communities of color to advance educational equity,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives. “We see this expansion of our Community Education Initiative and partnership with HBCUs as another step toward helping Black students realize their dreams and solve the problems of tomorrow.”

Apple Expands Partnerships With HBCUs to Create Community Hubs for Coding

Launched last year, Apple’s Community Education Initiative now extends to 24 locations across the US — 12 of which are HBCUs and 21 of which predominately serve majority Black and Brown students. Across the country, these partnerships have already introduced thousands of students and adult learners to coding and app design, using Apple’s Everyone Can Code and Everyone Can Create curricula.

Ten HBCUs, which have been working alongside Apple and Tennessee State University for the past year, will now become hubs to promote coding in their broader communities: Arkansas Baptist College, Central State University, Claflin University, Dillard University, Fisk University, Lawson State Community College, Morehouse College, Prairie View A&M University, Southern University at Shreveport, and Tougaloo College. Apple expects to double the number of HBCU partners by the end of this summer, expanding the network of schools offering coding, creativity, and career pathway opportunities.

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Apple Expands Partnerships With HBCUs to Create Community Hubs for Coding

Apple Expands Partnerships With HBCUs to Create Community Hubs for Coding

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PaulieP - July 17, 2020 at 10:23pm
I’m excited for the upcoming apps. Although I think they will find a way to take advantage of Apple’s program in some way shape or form. What to expect... I’m sure there will be one about drug sales specifically marijuana, there will also be “how-to” videos for corn rolls, being a loud attention craving nuisance, black on black crimes, disobeying authority, unserialized gun acquisitions, disgusting manicures, 101 ways to fry bake or cook chicken, mistreating women, being a deadbeat dad, and more how-to videos and games revolving around those topics to follow. Can’t wait, this is going to be interesting! 😊
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