PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – In celebration of Computer Science Education Week, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore announced Monday it will become a community center for Coding and Creativity.
The university is joining with Apple’s Community Education Initiative and Tennessee State University’s HBCU C2 initiative to bring coding and creativity experiences to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and their communities.
“Being designated as a HBCU C2 local center will provide the needed tools for the university to implement an educational and workforce training program centered around Apple’s Swift programming language,” said Dr. Derrek Dunn, dean of UMES’ School of Business & Technology, "Partnering with Apple will also allow UMES to encourage the entrepreneurial spirits of students and the Eastern Shore community, while expanding their skills for careers in software development.”
UMES faculty 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 UMES with equipment and professional development to help the university become the pre-eminent HBCU C2 community center to bring coding and creativity to the Eastern Shore.
Beginning next fall, UMES will add at least two courses on coding and application development to its computer science curriculum, including one for non-majors. The university also plans to hold free workshops for secondary school students using Apple’s free coding and creativity curriculum, along with Apple devices.