Interested in a career in app development? Apple just made it that much easier to get into! Last Wednesday Apple announced the launch of their app development curriculum for high school and community college students.
Designed by Apple engineers and educators to teach students how to design apps using the iPhone maker’s Swift programming language, the full-year curriculum is available as a free download in Apple’s iBooks store. Many apps you probably use often, such as Airbnb and Yelp, were built using Swift.
According to Apple, “students will learn to code and design fully functional apps, gaining critical job skills in software development and information technology.”
“We’ve seen firsthand the impact that coding has on individuals and the US economy as a whole. The app economy and software development are among the fastest-growing job sectors in America and we’re thrilled to be providing educators and students with the tools to learn coding,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO.
Beginning this fall, six community college systems and select high schools across the U.S. will be among the first to offer the curriculum, including Alabama Community College System, Columbus State Community College, Harrisburg Area Community College, Houston Community College, Mesa Community College and San Mateo Community College District.
In a statement, Apple CEO Tim Cook said “the app economy and software development are among the fastest-growing job sectors in America. We hope these courses will open doors for people of all ages and backgrounds to pursue what they love.”