Apple brings coding centers to 10 historically black colleges and universities.
Apple has announced plans to expand its education partnerships and add 10 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to its Community Education Initiative. Schools will have coding centers to become "technology centers" for their regions, Apple said Thursday. There, users can learn coding and app design using Apple's "Anyone Can Code" and "Anyone Can Create" courses.
"We at Apple believe in the power of education to change lives," tweeted Apple CEO Tim Cook. "We strive to work with color communities to promote educational equality."
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The 10 HBCUs added on Thursday are: 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 in Shreveport, and Tougaloo College.
Apple launched its Community Education Initiative last year and now has 24 colleges and universities. Of these, 12 are HBCUs and 21 have a majority of black and brown students. Apple also expects to double its HBCU partners by the end of summer.
Tennessee State University has been working with Apple for two years to expand the HBCU program.
"In two years, this program will double the number of black women in technology," said Dr. Robbie Melton, vice vice president of Tennessee State University at the SMART Global Technology Innovation Center. "In two years, many more colored people will join the STEM workforce."
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