Apple this morning introduced a brand new partnership designed to coach extra folks to code utilizing its personal programming language, Swift. The firm says it’s now working with the Oakland-based nonprofit group Dream Corps on the initiative, which is able to see Apple offering know-how together with curriculum steering, skilled assist and advocacy to people in center and excessive faculties, faculty and past.
The nonprofit at present operates its personal learn-to-code program known as #YesWeCode, which has graduated 100 folks so far and positioned round 60 % in tech jobs. Its long-term aim is to assist 100,000 younger folks from underrepresented backgrounds to have the ability to prepare for jobs in tech.
“I see Dream Corps as a peace corps for the American Dream,” mentioned CEO Vien Truong, in a press release. Truong joined the group in 2015, and is herself the youngest of 11 youngsters born to an immigrant couple who migrated from Vietnam within the 1970’s, Apple additionally famous.
“It’s about ensuring that we might help assist individuals who lived or grew up in communities like mine. And this partnership with Apple will assist unlock the untapped genius and expertise inside these communities, which is able to enable a brand new technology to attain their goals,” she added.
Dream Corps is now working with the Mayor’s Office and City of Oakland to discover a location for a devoted area to assist this system with Apple and different workforce improvement initiatives. Apple says it’s anticipated to launch its program later this 12 months within the Bay Area.
Apple’s funding in programming coaching and improvement is a part of its bigger Community Education Initiative. But partnerships like this aren’t the one method Apple is pushing folks to study to code with Swift.
Since the language’s introduction in 2014, Apple has rolled out a number of packages and instruments aimed toward serving to introduce extra folks to Swift, together with the 2016 launch of youngsters coding app Swift Playgrounds, expansions of its personal “Everyone Can Code” program throughout the U.S. and elsewhere on the earth; the addition of free coding classes at its retail shops; and it has supplied instructional instruments, software program and curriculum for academics.
For Apple, all of that is about guaranteeing there’s a brand new technology of builders studying its instruments and Swift, in an effort to develop new apps for its platforms, iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS.
At final 12 months’s WWDC occasion, WWDC, Apple CEO Tim Cook mentioned there have been 20 million registered builders on iOS, who collectively made about $100 billion…