Mesa among 1st community colleges to offer Apple’s innovative app development curriculum

By Kelly Mixer |

Originally published May 26, 2017

Starting this fall, Mesa Community College (MCC) will be among six community colleges to be the first to offer innovative curriculum by Apple.

The company announced Wednesday it has launched a new app development curriculum designed for students who want to pursue careers in the fast-growing app economy. The curriculum can be downloaded for free from the Apple iBooks Store.

Students will be able to learn to code and develop apps at high schools and community colleges across the country. (Courtesy Apple)
Students will be able to learn to code and develop apps at high schools and community colleges across the country. (Courtesy Apple)

App Development with Swift is a full-year course designed by Apple engineers and educators to teach students elements of app design using Swift programming languages. Students will learn to code and design fully functional apps, gaining critical job skills in software development and information technology.

“We are pleased to introduce Apple’s App Development with Swift curriculum to Mesa Community College in fall 2017,” said MCC Interim President Sasan Poureetezadi. “As a major provider of workforce training, we are responding to industry demand for qualified iOS App developers, who are vital for the future success of our local and national economy.”

App Development with Swift is an extension of Apple’s existing K-12 Everyone Can Code curricula that offers the power to learn, write and teach coding. Swift is Apple’s programming language that gives developers the freedom and capabilities they need to create the next generation of cutting-edge software. Popular apps including Airbnb, KAYAK, TripAdvisor, Venmo and Yelp are all created with Swift. In addition to more than 1 million downloads of Swift Playgrounds, there have been over 430,000 downloads of the additional Everyone Can Code materials and more than 1,000 schools across the U.S. plan to teach with Everyone Can Code materials in the fall.

“We’ve seen firsthand the impact that coding has on individuals and the U.S. economy as a whole. The app economy and software development are among the fastest-growing job sectors in America and we’re thrilled to be providing educators and students with the tools to learn coding,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Community colleges play a critical role in helping students achieve their dreams, and we hope these courses will open doors for people of all ages and backgrounds to pursue what they love.”

TechRadar has reported that Apple and Google have both launched new educational programmes to help their users, albeit in very different forms.Apple's attempt takes the form of ?Today at Apple', a series of classes taught in the 495 Apple Stores worldwide, in a variety of subjects including music, photography, coding, art and design, and more. Notably, all subjects that require Apple products, being taught in Apple stores. Apple's senior VP of retail Angela Ahrendts hopes that these classes will work as a communal tool: "We're creating a modern-day town square, where everyone is welcome in a space where the best of Apple comes together to connect with one another, discover a new passion, or take their skill to the next level." Today at Apple has now launched in said stores around the world with a dedicated site set up to letting you know what's happening near you, with classes being taught by ?Creative Pros', the arts equivalent of Apple's ?Geniuses'. Google's contribution is in the f

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