Apple and Tennessee State University invites Arkansas Baptist College to the
Inaugural HBCU C2 Presidential Academy
Little Rock, Arkansas, July 29, 2019
Arkansas Baptist College announced participation in Tennessee State University’s HBCU C2 initiative designed to bring coding and application development to Historically Black Colleges and Universities and underserved communities.
Faculty and leaders from Arkansas Baptist College, including Tabatha Scott (Faculty), Kristofer Anderson (Institutional Advancement) and Beverly McDonald-Robinson, (Director of Title III Administration and Sponsored Programs), attended the inaugural HBCU C2 Presidential Academy in Nashville, Tennessee to learn about coding and application development. “The team was engaged in learning Apple’s comprehensive curriculum, which utilizes a user-friendly platform for the popular Swift programming language. We were amazed by the multi-faceted richness of the capabilities across disciplines, as well as the ease of usage regardless of the level of sophistication to apply the technology,” said Ms. McDonald-Robinson.
The theme of the Academy is Everyone Can Code. “It is actually a true statement if given the training and tools. The opportunity to partner with Tennessee State University, Apple and fourteen additional Historically Black Colleges and Universities will provide the professional development and tools to position our students for success within the cadence of the technological revolution,” according to Ms. McDonald-Robinson.
Regina H. Favors, Interim President added, “We take the future of our students very seriously. The ability to code and create is paramount to the workforce for this generation, most significantly for people of color and underrepresented groups. We consider it a privilege to embark upon this new initiative.”
“Our mission is to grow hope. Integrating these technologies into the curriculum is an active response for delivery on that promise. Our students will be career-ready with training in the Swift programming language and Application development using Apple curriculum and products. We welcome this partnership to prepare our students for life long careers and areas for entrepreneurial specializations to do more than survive but thrive and imagine the endless possibilities,” said President Favors.
Apple is supporting Tennessee State University with equipment, scholarships, and professional development to help launch the HBCU C2 Initiative, which will bring Coding and creativity opportunities to HBCUs across the country.
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