Apple is expanding its Apple Developer Academy, a free training program in app development and entrepreneurship, to two new markets: Korea and Detroit, Michigan.
The Detroit expansion marks the first time the Developer Academy, launched in 2013, has been available to people in the United States. That’s in stark contrast to Apple’s normal rollout trajectory — whereby things launch in the U.S., then gradually become available elsewhere.
An Apple press release notes:
“The first Apple Developer Academy opened in Brazil in 2013, with the goal of providing the tools and training for aspiring entrepreneurs, developers, and designers to find and create jobs in the thriving iOS app economy. Since then, the company has opened more than a dozen academies across the world with two more on the way.”
The Apple Developer Academy offers two distinct training programs. One is a 30-day foundational course that serves as an introduction to app development as a possible career path. The second is a 10-12 month academy program diving more deeply into coding and other associated skills. Admission is free, but you’ll need to apply and be accepted to do so.
Training the next generation of coders
It is almost full-time, taking approximately 20 hours per week. However, classes are taught either in the mornings or the afternoons, making it easier to arrange work around.
Applications for the Detroit Developer Academy opens up this week. The center will officially open in a redesigned space in downtown Detroit this October. It is open to all Michigan residents, aged 18 and over, to apply. You do not need to have extensive coding experience in order to do so. However, a report from several years back suggested that the Developer Academy is harder to get into than Harvard.
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