Apple, MSU open Developer Academy in Detroit | MSUToday
Apple and Michigan State University welcomed first class developers and entrepreneurs to their Apple Developer Academy in Detroit this week. The academy, Apple’s first in the US, will prepare students for jobs in the thriving iOS app economy.
Michigan’s Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist and MSU President Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., MD visited the Apple Developer Academy to explore the space, connect with students, and learn about the iOS curriculum (Image credit: Apple)
In addition to the basics of programming, the academy’s attendees learn design, marketing, project management, and more – with an emphasis on inclusivity and positive impact on their communities. The academy is part of Apple’s Racial Equity and Justice Initiative, an effort to combat systemic racism and expand opportunities for colored communities across the country.
“We believe that apps should be made for everyone by everyone and that all budding developers and entrepreneurs should have an equal opportunity to be part of the thriving app economy,” said Lisa Jackson, vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives at Apple. “Detroit has an incredible entrepreneurship driven by creativity and inclusion, and we are excited to welcome this first developer course when we begin courses at Apple Developer Academy, the first of its kind in the US. Through the power of technology and innovation, we pride ourselves on preparing these innovators for new opportunities. “
The academy’s curriculum is designed to ensure that graduates have the skills to find and create jobs in the iOS app economy, which supports over 2.1 million jobs in all 50 states, and developers and their teams continue to create new economic opportunities Opportunities.
“Opening the doors to the Developer Academy is an incredibly exciting milestone,” said MSU President Samuel L. Stanley, Jr. MD believing the academy will strengthen Detroit’s position as a hub for technology and entrepreneurship in the Midwest. “
The Detroit Apple Developer Academy’s first grade is comprised of a diverse group of 100 learners ages 18 to 60 who receive 10 months of comprehensive app development and entrepreneurship training to give them the tools to power the next generation of state-of-the-art apps. Enrollment is free and students do not need to have any prior programming skills. Students in this year’s class bring a wide range of personal, professional, and academic experience to the program.
“Our goal is to find new ways and new opportunities for a diverse group of technology leaders of the 21st Academy. “I’m inspired by our first grade of students and can’t wait to see where this journey takes them – whether it’s starting a new business, developing a new app, or developing new marketable skills.”
Located in a new specially designed space in the First National Building in downtown Detroit, the Academy personally welcomes students in an environment specially created to encourage collaboration and engagement. The Gilbert Family Foundation, in partnership with Rocket Companies, has made a generous gift to MSU in support of the efforts of the Apple Developer Academy in Detroit and will continue to support the academy’s growth and development.
Earlier this fall, the Academy hosted a smaller cohort of community partners – including Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan, College for Creative Studies, and others – for a four-week Foundation course to introduce the basic concepts of programming. The Academy is expected to teach nearly a thousand students each year through the Foundation and Academy programs.