Apple announced today that it is expanding its partnership with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to add 10 more regional coding centers that will serve as technology centers for campuses and their communities.
Apple Community Education Initiative
This effort is part of the Apple Community Education Initiative, designed to provide opportunities for coding, creativity and workforce development. Launched in 2019, the initiative has 24 locations in the United States, of which 12 are HBCUs and 21 serve a majority of black and brown students.
Ten HBCUs, who have worked alongside Apple and Tennessee State University in the past year, will now become hubs to promote coding in their larger communities: 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 at Shreveport and Tougaloo College. Apple plans to double the number of HBCU partners by the end of this summer, expanding the network of schools offering opportunities for coding, creativity and career development.
Lisa Jackson, Apple vice president for environment, policy and social initiatives: “We view this expansion of our community education initiative and our partnership with HBCUs as a new step in helping black students to fulfill their dreams and solve tomorrow’s problems. “