Apple today launched a new app development curriculum for students interested in pursuing a career as an app developer. The company is making the curriculum available as a free download from its iBooks Store.
Designed by Apple engineers and educators, the curriculum will teach students how to develop and design apps using Swift. Through the course, students will learn how to code and build fully functional apps while also gaining important skills in software development and information technology.
Six community colleges in the US will start offering this curriculum to over 500,000 students starting this fall. The list of colleges includes Alabama Community College System, Columbus State Community College, Harrisburg Area Community College, and others.
“We’ve seen firsthand the impact that coding has on individuals and the US 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.”
Apple notes in its press release that many popular apps like Airbnb, KAYAK, TripAdvisor, and Yelp are created through Swift, with its Swift Playgrounds and other such initiatives also being incredibly popular.[Via Apple]