Pa. college among 6 in U.S. chosen for Apple free app development program

Computing giant Apple announced Wednesday it will offer a new app development program and that Harrisburg Community College will among six colleges nationwide to offer it. 

The free full-year curriculum is designed for high school and college students with little or no coding experience to learn how to design apps using the popular software language Swift.

On Wednesday, Apple will post the curriculum on its iBooks store, USA TODAY reported.

In the fall, Harrisburg will joinsfive other community colleges nationwide to offer the 180-hour program for no credit. The course could become credit- bearing courses next spring, PennLive reported.

The other colleges are he Alabama Community College System, Columbus State Community College in Ohio, Houston Community College in Texas, Mesa Community College in Arizona and San Mateo Community College District in California. A number of unindentified high schools will offer the app development with Swift curriculum starting in the fall, Apple announced. 

“We think it’s huge,” Apple CEO Tim Cook told USA TODAY, “and we’re so proud to help students learn and thrive in the new economy.”