Interested in learning how to code and develop apps? Apple on Wednesday released a free app development curriculum designed for high school and community college students.
The full-year curriculum, available as a free download in Apple’s eBooks Store, was designed by Apple engineers and educators to teach students how to design apps using the iPhone maker’s Swift programming language. A number of popular apps like Airbnb, Kayak, TripAdvisor, Venmo and Yelp were created with Swift.
Students who complete the curriculum will gain “critical job skills in software development and information technology,” Apple said.
The curriculum will also be free on eBooks for anyone to download and teach themselves. But with 180 hours of training with lesson plans, instruction and exercises for teachers, Apple is hoping it will feature heavily in college classrooms.
The company is starting by partnering with six community college systems across the country to offer full-year classes. Apple says its branch into tech education is part of an attempt to address the industry wide demand for programmers and coders.
Six community college systems and select high schools across the U.S. will be among the first to offer the curriculum, starting this fall. They includes the Alabama Community College System, Columbus State Community College, Harrisburg Area Community College, Houston Community College, Mesa Community College and San Mateo Community College District. Local businesses at many of the participating campuses will also offer students mentoring and internships, Apple said.
In a statement, Apple CEO Tim Cook said “the app economy and software development are among the fastest-growing job sectors in America.
“We’ve seen firsthand the impact that coding has on individuals and the U.S. economy as a whole,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a press release. “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.”