Apple's efforts to open the Propel Center (shown above) are recent efforts to bring technology to poor communities.
Apple opens a developer academy in Michigan and helps set up an education center in Georgia under its $ 100 million. ""Initiative announced last year. The two projects, designed in collaboration with Michigan State University in Detroit and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in Atlanta, are aimed at helping typically underserved communities.
In Atlanta, Apple is helping launch a project called the Propel Center, which aims to provide technology skills and education to students at HBCU. Apple said the project will set up two grants to help the faculty build curriculum, research, and laboratory space. In addition, 100 new scholarships are funded.
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Later that year, Apple plans to open a developer academy in Detroit. The program was developed with Michigan State University to support black entrepreneurs and programmers. It will be free for students.
"We are all responsible for the urgent work to build a fairer and more equitable world – and these new projects are a clear signal of Apple's continued commitment," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, in a statement.
Apple said it will also help fund minority-owned companies. The company is investing $ 10 million in Harlem Capital, a young venture company in New York that plans to invest in 1,000 companies with a variety of founders over the next 20 years. Apple also said it is investing $ 25 million in the Clear View Impact Fund to help support small and medium-sized business lending.
The move is Apple's latest attempt to bridge what is known as the digital divide in which more than 18 million people liveand many others do not have the opportunity to learn the skills required to work in the lucrative technology industry. Many students and low-income households cannot afford computers and tablets that are powerful enough to enable them to study and work remotely.