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Lane College Partners with Apple and Tennessee State University to Become a Community Center for Coding and Creativity

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Lane College Partners with Apple and Tennessee State University to Become a Community Center for Coding and Creativity

Aug 31, 2021


Lane College will expand its education and career development opportunities for students and the Jackson-Madison County community.

(Jackson, TN) Today, Lane College announced it will become a community center for Coding and Creativity as part of Apple’s Community Education Initiative and Tennessee State University’s HBCU C2. The teaching and learning initiative is designed to empower Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to expand technology and creativity experiences within their institutions and broader communities.

"Lane is committed to teaching hands-on and career-ready skills," said Dr. Logan Hampton, president of Lane College. "Through our new partnership with Apple and TSU, the Lane Community Center for Coding and Creativity will give people from a wide variety of backgrounds and experience levels a new pathway to learn the tech-ready skills that local employers need and are vital to the future of the communities we serve."

Lane College is now among nearly four dozen universities across the country serving as HBCUC2 community coding centers or regional hubs. Since 2019, participating HBCUs have offered new learning opportunities to thousands of degree-seeking students and community learners and expanded their impact through partnerships with local K-12 schools, community organizations, local governments, and more.

As part of its Community Education Initiative, Apple is supporting Lane College with equipment and ongoing professional development to become the pre-eminent HBCU C2 community center to bring coding and creativity to Jackson, Tennessee.

Faculty and educators will learn about coding and app development, and work with Apple to identify opportunities to incorporate its comprehensive Everyone Can Code and Everyone Can Create curricula, which utilizes the easy-to-learn Swift programming language. Support from Apple also includes mobile iPad and Mac labs, opportunities for student jobs and scholarships, and funding for staff.