Apple’s plan to influence education is set to take place in Chicago public schools.
The global technology giant released a statement on Tuesday discussing plans to incorporate their coding program across Chicago schools and city college’s curriculums.
This plan hopes to teach Chicago students Apple’s Swift program starting the spring of 2018. The programme was introduced in the year 2014 and is considered the preferred structure for external developers to create new apps compatible with Apple products such as iPads, iPhones, and computers. They have named their new education “Everyone Can Code.”
Apple reached out to Mayor Emanuel as well as local college and school officials regarding the project planned to reach “nearly 500,000 students.”
According to Fortune’s technology newsletter, Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO stated, “We’re thrilled to be working with our friends and partners in the great city of Chicago on this initiative”.
“Together with Mayor Emanuel, Chicago Public Schools and City Colleges, we look forward to helping students learn Swift and build the skills they need to thrive in today’s workplace”.
The number of public schools chosen to debut Apple’s Swift Coding Clubs is currently unspecified, however, plan to hold after curricular programs that will teach students fundamentals of their coding language. The city’s community colleges, however, will provide more extensive classes regarding app development in addition to Swift code language.
Chicago’s mayor, Emanuel released a statement that said: “Coding is not just a critical skill in today’s economy, it is another outlet for students to expand their horizons and explore their creativity”.
“Everyone Can Code is an incredible opportunity for young people across Chicago to learn the language of the future, sharpen their minds and develop the skill sets needed to compete and win in the 21st century.”
Apple introduced specific coursework regarding Swift programming in school systems across the U.S. which include 30 community colleges, several of which are located in Austin Texas set to offer the course this coming fall semester.
The company is also aiming to push Swift curriculum on a global scale including nearly 20 universities worldwide which include Australia’s Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.