Apple announced plans to expand its education partnership by adding 10 traditional black colleges and universities (HBCuSIs) to its Community Education Initiative,media reported. The school will set up programming centers to serve as “technical centers” in the region, the company said Thursday local time. There, people can use Apple’s Everyone Can Code and Everyone Can Creat courses to learn programming and application design.
“At Apple, we believe in the power of education to change lives,” Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote on Twitter. “
The 10 new HBCU schools added Thursday are: Arkansas Baptist College, Central State University, Clough, Dillard University, Fisk University, Rosen State Community College, Morehouse College, PrevivI University of Agriculture and Engineering, Shreveport Southern University and Taugru College.
Last year, Apple launched its Community Education Program, with 24 colleges and universities participating. Twelve of them were traditional black schools, and 21 were students of black and brown schools. Apple also expects the number of HBCU partners to double by the end of the summer.
Tennessee State University has been working with Apple for two years to expand the UHBCU program.
“With this project, we’re going to double the number of black women in the technology industry in two years,” said Dr. Robbie Melton, vice president of the Center for Intelligent Global Technology Innovation at Tennessee State University. Two years from now, you’ll see more people of color entering the STEM industry. “