Apple releases programming course for college students
May 24, 2017
Apple on Wednesday released a free college-level computer coding course designed to teach students how to create apps, a move that’s part of the company’s push to highlight its role in the U.S. economy.
The Swift programming curriculum is an extension of Cook’s U.S. jobs investment strategy. Of the 2 million nationwide jobs supported by Apple, 1.5 million were linked to apps, the company said. The research firm App Annie said the worldwide app economy generated more than $89 billion last year.
In an interview, Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environmental, policy and social initiatives, said the curriculum will help high school and college students develop skills needed for careers in that growing app economy.
“This isn’t about politics,” Jackson said. Rather, it is a way for Apple to demonstrate its commitment to the U.S. economy.
The course will become part of the computer training courses available at San Bruno’s Skyline College, one of three in the San Mateo County district. But it will be the first involving mobile app programming, said Andrea Vizenor, career and workforce training director. Skyline will offer a pilot program this summer, hoping to expand the curriculum to its sister campuses.
Vizenor said she didn’t see a Swift-specific course as “just feeding” the Apple system. Instead, she hopes that the association with a popular brand will entice students “who wouldn’t normally see themselves as computer science students.”