Austin Among More Than 30 Community College Systems to Adopt Curriculum
AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 25, 2017--
Apple® today announced the App Development with Swift curriculum will
now be offered in more than 30 community college systems across the
country in the 2017-2018 school year, providing opportunities to
millions of students to build apps that will prepare them for careers in
software development and information technology. The Austin Community
College District (ACC), one of the nation’s largest higher learning
institutions, will begin offering the course to its 74,000 students this
Created by engineers and educators at Apple, the full-year App
Development with Swift course teaches students how to build apps using
Swift™, an open source programming language that emphasizes safety,
performance and modern software design patterns. The course takes
students with no programming experience and enables them to build
fully-functional apps of their own design.
“We’ve seen firsthand how Apple’s app ecosystem has transformed the
global economy, creating entire new industries and supporting millions
of jobs,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We believe passionately that same
opportunity should be extended to everyone, and community colleges have
a powerful reach into communities where education becomes the great
Serving one of the nation’s fastest-growing metropolitan areas, ACC
educates students across 11 campuses and eight counties. With more than
7,000 current job openings in tech fields, Austin’s leaders have aligned
on a workforce development plan that empowers residents to take
advantage of these new business opportunities.
“We’re thrilled to have Apple join our mission to make Austin more
affordable for people who already live in the city,” said Austin MayorSteve Adler. “Apple is going to be a force multiplier in the community’s
ongoing efforts to lift 10,000 out of poverty and into good jobs over
the next five years.”
Other community colleges joining ACC in adding the App Development with
Swift curriculum for the fall are Northeast Mississippi Community
College, Northwest Kansas Technical College and additional campuses in
the Alabama Community College System.
“Through our ‘Strong Start, Strong Finish’ initiative, I have made it a
priority to seek out computer science opportunities for all Alabama
students,” said Alabama Governor Kay Ivey. “I fully support this
partnership with Apple because of the advanced learning opportunities
and real-world experiences it provides.”
Apple’s commitment to economic and workforce development extends beyond
the curriculum — Apple’s app economy supports 1.5 million jobs in the
United States. Last year, US software developers earned $5 billion
through the App Store®, a 40 percent increase over 2015. Since the App
Store launched, Apple has paid out $16 billion to US developers, over
one-quarter of total App Store earnings.
Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the
Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with
iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software
platforms — iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS — provide seamless experiences
across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services
including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s more
than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on
earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it.
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