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Apple Is Providing a Free Continuing Education Course to the Tennessee State Community

Tennessee State University, the historically Black educational institution in Nashville, has entered into an agreement with Apple Inc. that will provide continuing education for the university’s alumni.

Under the agreement, Apple will provide Tennessee State alumni the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of app design and app development for free. Computer Applications for Educational Leaders is being offered through the university’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies.

“This course is the first of its kind to address an individual’s working and learning style where they can take the course on-ground, online, hybrid or at the Apple Store,” said Robbie K. Melton, Tennessee State University’s dean of Graduate and Professional Studies and program director for the coding initiative. Dr. Melton also notes that the curriculum is structured to provide onsite instruction for groups of 10 or more wherever they are located.

University employees as well as Tennessee high school students are also eligible to take the free course. Dr. Melton said that “Apple provides an approach to introduce coding and creativity in a nonthreatening manner. You have children coding. You have seniors coding, and the fact that we have over 200 people from high school to senior citizen centers wanting to code and create is phenomenal.”


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  1. Johnnie Griffith says:

    Congratulations Dr. Melton for this outstanding accomplishment. Your introduction to the program was most informative and inspired me to participate.

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