Apple and Michigan State University welcomed the first class of developers and entrepreneurs to their Apple Developer Academy in Detroit this week. The academy, which is Apple’s first in the United States, will help prepare its students for jobs in the booming iOS app economy.
Michigan Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist and MSU President Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., MD visited Apple Developer Academy to explore space, connect with students, and learn more about the iOS program ( photo credit: Apple)
In addition to the basics of coding, academy participants will learn design, marketing, project management and more, with an emphasis on inclusiveness and making a positive impact in their communities. The academy is part of Apple Initiative for Racial Equity and Justice, an effort to combat systemic racism and expand opportunities for communities of color across the country.
“We believe that apps for everyone should be designed by everyone, and that all aspiring developers and entrepreneurs should have an equal opportunity to be a part of the thriving app economy,” said Lisa jackson, Apple’s vice president for the environment, policy and social initiatives. “Detroit has an incredible entrepreneurial spirit, fueled by creativity and inclusion, and we are delighted to welcome this first class of creators as we begin classes at the Apple Developer Academy, the first of its kind in the States. -United. Through the power of technology and innovation, we are proud to help prepare these innovators for new opportunities.
The academy’s curriculum is designed to ensure that graduates have the skill set needed to find and create jobs in the iOS app economy, which supports more than 2.1 million jobs in the 50 states and continues to offer new economic opportunities to developers and their teams.
“Opening the doors to the Developer Academy is an incredibly exciting step,” said MSU President Samuel L. Stanley, Jr. MD “MSU and Apple have a shared vision of promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in everything we do, and we believe the academy will strengthen Detroit’s position as a hub for the Midwest. for technology and entrepreneurship. “
The first class of the Detroit Apple Developer Academy is made up of a diverse group of 100 learners, ages 18 to 60, who will receive 10 months of comprehensive application development and entrepreneurial training, giving them the tools to create the next generation of cutting-edge applications. . Registration is free and students are not required to have prior coding experience. Students in this year’s class bring extensive personal, professional, and academic experience to the program.
“Our goal is to create new avenues and opportunities for a diverse group of 21st century technology leaders, and we are proud to work with Apple to bring this vision to life,” said Sarah Gretter, Head of Apple Developer at Detroit at MSU. Academy. “I’m inspired by our first class of students and can’t wait to see where this journey takes them, whether it’s starting a new business, building a new app, or developing new marketable skills.”
Located in a new custom-designed space in the First National Building in downtown Detroit, the academy welcomes students in person in an environment created specifically to facilitate collaboration and engagement. The Gilbert Family Foundation, in partnership with Rocket companies, gave a generous gift to MSU to support the efforts of the Apple Developer Academy in Detroit and will continue to provide support as the academy grows and evolves.
Earlier this fall, the academy welcomed a smaller cohort of community partners – including the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeast Michigan, the College for Creative Studies and others – for a four-week core course. to introduce basic coding concepts. The academy is eventually expected to teach nearly a thousand students each year through Foundation and Academy programs.
Meet the mentors for the first cohort of the Apple Developer Academy.