Apple now has expanded its existing partnerships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), adding 10 more regional coding centers. This is part of Apple’s Community Education Initiative, and comes after Apple announced its $100 million Racial Equity and Justice Initiative last month.
The Community Education Initiative now extends to 24 US locations. There are 12 Historically Black Colleges and Universities under this initiative and 21 of which “predominately serve majority Black and Brown students.” The 10 new HBCUs that will become hubs to promote coding in their communities are:
- 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
- Tougaloo College
Apple has been working with Tennessee State University for the past two years to launch a new HBCU C2 initiative to bring coding and creativity experience to all 100-plus HBCUs.
Tennessee State University now serves as a national hub for training educators and supporting its peer institutions as HBCUs expand coding and creativity opportunities to their own communities. A recent virtual HBCU C2 summit brought together nearly 300 educators from across the HBCU community to share best practices and hear from colleagues about workforce development, connecting with their communities, and bringing coding to students of all ages.
You can read the entire press release here.