Want to learn Swift in school? Apple wants you too as well, which is why its just launched a new app development curriculum for its mobile programming language aimed at high school and community college students.
The curriculum, which is available as a free download today from the iBooks Store, will be adopted by six community college systems serving nearly 500,000 students this fall. No doubt more will follow in the near future.
“We’ve seen firsthand the impact that coding has on individuals and the US economy as a whole,” Tim Cook said in a statement. “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. Community colleges play a critical role in helping students achieve their dreams, and we hope these courses will open doors for people of all ages and backgrounds to pursue what they love.”
The colleges in question include the Alabama Community College System, Columbus State Community College, Harrisburg Area Community College, Houston Community College, Mesa Community College and San Mateo Community College District. The curriculum will also be adopted by select high schools around the United States.
The course includes various exercises, mini-projects and quizzes for students, in addition to the necessary presentations and grading guides for teachers.
Recently Apple has dedicated considerable time to promoting the number of jobs it has helped create due to its technologies. In a newly-launched website, Apple shared some details about these “two million … and counting” jobs in the United States, which includes many people earning a living using the Swift programming language.