FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 16, 2020
TOUGALOO COLLEGE NAMED A REGIONAL HUB FOR
APPLE’S VIRTUAL TEACHER CODING ACADEMY
TOUGALOO, Miss.—Today, Tougaloo College, under the leadership of Dr. Carmen J. Walters, has been selected as a regional hub for Coding and Creativity as part of Apple’s Community Education Initiative and Tennessee State University’s HBCU C2 initiative designed to bring coding and creativity experiences to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and their communities.
Tougaloo College is honored to have been selected as a regional hub by Apple in partnership with Tennessee State University and President Dr. Glenda Glover to give minorities and underserved communities’ greater access to digital coding and creativity, said President Walters. The potential for this country’s future depends upon having a workforce with the required knowledge, skills and training in technology to be competitive in a digital global marketplace. In the spirit of preserving and advancing excellence, Tougaloo College is committed to inspiring and preparing a future generation of creative coders, said President Walters.
Later this month, faculty leaders from Tougaloo College will participate in Apple’s virtual Community Education Initiative Coding Academy to learn about coding and app development using Apple’s comprehensive curriculum, which utilizes its easy-to-learn Swift programming message. Dr. Leon C. Wilson, Tougaloo College Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, said, we are pleased that Apple appreciates the tradition of excellence at Tougaloo and has committed to this desired investment. Tougaloo College is proud to serve as a hub and looks forward to service the related technology needs of the HBCU’s in Mississippi. Our students and communities can look forward to expanded opportunities and expertise that bode well for the economic growth of our area.
As part of its Community Education Initiative, Apple is supporting Tougaloo College with equipment and professional development and other support resources to help the college become pre-eminent regional HBCU C2 hub to bring coding and creativity to the Jackson Metro community.
About Tougaloo College
Tougaloo College is a private, independent, liberal arts institution, offering undergraduate degrees in twenty-nine majors in the areas of education, the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences, and graduate degrees in education. Since its founding in 1869, the College has maintained a rich tradition of excellence, relevance, and influence, creating a legacy of distinction in higher education. Tougaloo College was awarded $6 million from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute for the renewal of the Jackson Heart Study Undergraduate Training Center. Some of Tougaloo College's remarkable alumni include Congressman Bennie G. Thompson; Tougaloo President Emerita Dr. Beverly Wade Hogan; NAACP President Derrick Johnson; Justice Reuben V. Anderson; Engineer and Educator Eugene DeLoatch; and Astrophysicist Hakeem M. Oluseyi.
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