In celebration of Computer Science Education Week (December 7-13), Benedict College announced that 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 program designed to bring hand-on coding experiences to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and their communities.

“Benedict College is pleased to become an integral part of Columbia’s workforce development efforts through the provision of coding training programs,” said Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, President and CEO of Benedict College. “The need for coding skills is growing faster than the current job market, which places those who master coding on a fast track to high-income jobs. We are proud to partner with Apple’s Community Education Initiative and Tennessee State University’s HBCU C2. to bring this rich opportunity to our community.”

Faculty leaders from Benedict College will participate in Apple’s ongoing Community Education Initiative Learning Series to learn about coding and app development. As part of that ongoing professional development, educators will explore innovative ways to engage with learners using Apple’s comprehensive curriculum, which utilizes its easy-to-learn Swift programming language.

As part of its Community Education Initiative, Apple is supporting Benedict College with equipment and professional development to help the university become the pre-eminent HBCU Ccommunity center to bring coding and creativity to the Columbia community.

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