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Apple Opens Its First US Developer Academy, Where Students Learn To Create Apps
By Mikelle Leow, 08 Oct 2021
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This week, Apple opened its first US Apple Developer Academy in downtown Detroit’s First National Building, following first rollouts in Brazil and Italy.
Made possible thanks to a collaboration with Michigan State University, the new Development Academy features a curriculum covering essentials of coding, interface prototyping, and even entrepreneurship, design, marketing, and project management. The goal is to prepare graduates of diverse backgrounds for potential jobs in “the thriving iOS app economy,” which Apple says is relevant for more than 2.1 million jobs in all 50 states.
The program places emphasis on inclusivity and acceptance, and comes as an extension of Apple’s Racial Equity and Justice Initiative to create opportunities for “communities of color across the country.”
“Detroit has an incredible entrepreneurial spirit, powered by creativity and inclusion, and we’re thrilled to welcome this inaugural class of creators as we start classes at the Apple Developer Academy, the first of its kind in the US,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives. “Through the power of technology and innovation, we are proud to be helping prepare these innovators for new opportunities.”
The program encompasses 10 months of training for some 100 students between the ages of 18 and 60.
[via Review Geek, cover image via Apple]
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