Tennesse State University has recently launched the HBCU C2 Presidential Academy initiative to foster app development and coding to students of color. Fourteen universities and colleges that have colored histories were invited to learn coding from Apple.
Tim Cook, Apple CEO mentioned on Twitter how the program helped students learn Swift via the company’s coding curriculum. The participants were then asked to come up with apps they can make to improve the community. In line with the program, Apple provided professional development services, scholarships and equipment.
Glenda Glover, TSU president says that app development and coding is a major part of today’s global workforce, and that everyone, especially people of color should have the opportunity to gain the necessary skills and knowledge to be competitive.
Apple social initiatives, policy and environment VP Lisa Jackson states that the company is excited to be working with HBCUs and TCU to expand coding within under-represented groups. Jackson declares that students, regardless of background should be given equal opportunity.