Texas Southern University Partners with Apple and Tennessee State University to Become a Community Center for Coding and Creativity
Today, Texas Southern University announced it will become a community center for Coding and Creativity as part of Apple’s Community Education Initiative and Tennessee State University’s HBCU C2. The teaching and learning initiative is designed to empower Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to expand technology and creativity experiences within their institutions and broader communities.
“I think it’s an extremely innovative partnership that will allow our students to be prepared for the careers of tomorrow and I’m excited that we have the opportunity to partner with Apple,” said Dr. Lesia Crumpton-Young, president of Texas Southern University.
TSU is now among nearly four dozen universities across the country serving as HBCU C2 community coding centers or regional hubs. Since 2019, participating HBCUs have offered new learning opportunities to thousands of degree-seeking students and community learners and expanded their impact through partnerships with local K-12 schools, community organizations, local governments, and more.
As part of its Community Education Initiative, Apple is supporting Texas Southern University with equipment and ongoing professional development to become the pre-eminent HBCU C2 community center to bring coding and creativity to Houston.
Faculty and educators will learn about coding and app development, and work with Apple to identify opportunities to incorporate its comprehensive Everyone Can Code and Everyone Can Create curricula, which utilizes the easy-to-learn Swift programming language. Support from Apple also includes mobile iPad and Mac labs, opportunities for student jobs and scholarships, and funding for staff.