Apple has announced it is expanding its partnership effort with historically Black colleges and universities adding 10 more regional coding centers that will serve as technology hubs for their campuses and broader communities.
Launched last year, Appleʼs Community Education Initiative now extends to 24 locations across the United States — 12 of which are HBCUs and 21 of which predominately serve majority Black and Brown students. Across the country, these partnerships have already introduced thousands of students and adult learners to coding and app design.
The new technology hubs will be located at the following HBCUs: Arkansas Baptist College, Central State University, Claflin University, Dillard University, Fisk University, Lawson State Community College, Morehouse College, Prairie View A&M University, Southern University at Shreveport, and Tougaloo College. Apple expects to double the number of HBCU partners by the end of this summer, expanding the network of schools offering coding, creativity, and career pathway opportunities. Each hub is designed to create a multiplier effect, building capacity at the HBCUs that extends beyond the campus through partnerships with local K-12 schools, community partners, local governments, and other community stakeholders.
”Apple is committed to working alongside communities of color to advance educational equity,” said Lisa Jackson, Appleʼs vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives. “We see this expansion of our Community Education Initiative and partnership with HBCUs as another step toward helping Black students realize their dreams and solve the problems of tomorrow.”