Apple and Chicago join forces to bring coding opportunities to nearly 500,000 students

Apple today announced that it is working with the city of Chicago to bring coding opportunities to Chicago’s nearly 500,000 students through a citywide expansion of Apple’s Everyone Can Code program.

The initiative in Chicago was designed in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools, City Colleges of Chicago, local businesses and non-profit organizations. Together, Apple and local organizations are helping expand opportunities for students to build the skills they need to pursue careers in the app economy by becoming proficient in Swift, Apple’s easy-to-learn programming language that empowers anyone to create world-class apps.

“At Apple we believe coding is an essential skill, so we’ve designed Everyone Can Code to give everyone the power to learn, write and teach coding,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, in a statement. “We’re thrilled to be working with our friends and partners in the great city of Chicago on this initiative. Together with Mayor Emanuel, Chicago Public Schools and City Colleges, we look forward to helping students learn Swift and build the skills they need to thrive in today’s workplace.”

Starting this spring, Chicago Public Schools and City Colleges of Chicago will expand Everyone Can Code curriculum and materials to reach students citywide. For the first time, City Colleges of Chicago will offer the innovative App Development with Swift curriculum, helping students build skills around coding and app development.

Chicago Public Schools will also offer new Swift Coding Clubs, which bring coding education to after-school programs. Swift Coding Clubs guide students through key coding concepts, introduce them to Swift and walk them through an app design and prototyping project.

Apple and local businesses, including GE Transportation, IBM, Jellyvision, Lextech, McDonald’s, Rush University Medical Center, Ulta Beauty and United Airlines will add volunteer opportunities for their Chicago-based employees to help support students. Additionally, 1871, One Summer Chicago and other Chicago-based businesses will offer more than 100 internships to high school and college students who have completed the Everyone Can Code curriculum.

“Coding is not just a critical skill in today’s economy, it is another outlet for students to expand their horizons and explore their creativity,” said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, in a statement. “Everyone Can Code is an incredible opportunity for young people across Chicago to learn the language of the future, sharpen their minds and develop the skill sets needed to compete and win in the 21st century.”

“Everyone Can Code gives students opportunities to learn new skills and develop a strong foundation in STEM to prepare them for a successful future in the 21st-century economy,” said Dr. Janice K. Jackson, acting Chief Executive Officer at Chicago Public Schools, in a statement. “This initiative introduces coding curriculum that develops core skills, creativity, collaboration and problem solving, which will help lay the groundwork for a successful future.”

Apple provides learning experiences for coding in all Apple Stores. New App Development Design sessions also premiered at Apple Michigan Avenue this fall.

Everyone Can Code is a program designed by Apple to help everyone learn how to code, creating opportunities for all students and preparing them for the workforce. The comprehensive program includes a range of free resources, from helping students explore basic coding concepts to building fully functional apps.

Swift is Apple’s powerful and intuitive programming language that gives developers the freedom and capabilities they need to create the next generation of cutting-edge software. Popular apps including Airbnb, KAYAK, TripAdvisor, Venmo and Yelp are all created with Swift.

The app economy has generated more than 1.5 million jobs in the US and more than 64,000 jobs in Illinois alone. The demand for coding skills continues to grow, with more than 500,000 programming and coding positions available in the US as of August 2017. Since the launch of the App Store in 2008, US app developers have earned over $16 billion in App Store sales.

Source: Apple Inc.

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  1. Lame.

    It’s like saying Apple will send 500K kids to art school and everyone comes out will be Rembrandt’s.

    Bottom line, not everyone has talent to write clean quality code. Just like how not everyone will be able to paint a masterpiece when they come out of art school.

    The result of this is you will have a lot of bad code and consequently, low quality, buggy software.

    But if this is done as a massive feel good PR stunt, then it’s a win-win. Apple knows only 4% will have the feel to write quality code, and the rest will be back at McJob flipping burgers.

    1. Straw man argument, accomplishes nothing. I don’t see any statement or position saying that everyone will be the coding equivalent of a Rembrandt. It’s providing an OPPORTUNITY. There will be kids who seize that opportunity and do well who wouldn’t have had that chance before. You’re just another of those useless people that have no ability except half-assed and poorly thought out criticism, no solutions, no ideas, just a dead weight of “no-wayism.” Just shut your trap and get out of the way of the people who can make a difference.

    2. Worse!

      If businesses want to train intellectual slaves for their own needs, they should do it entirely on their dime and facilities. You know, like the military.

      Schools do not exist for training, they exist for education.

  2. If the kids can live long enough in Chicago to learn how to code.

    Rahm Emanuel, Obama flunky, is a typical lib Democrat Party failure.

    Chicago’s overall crime rate, especially the violent crime rate, is substantially higher than the US average. Chicago is also home to some of the most restrictive gun laws in the nation. The illogical gun control morons have blood on their hands. When you bar lawful residents from the ability to protect themselves and their fellow citizens, only the criminals have guns.

    1. Before you go looking for what’s wrong with Democrats, maybe you should look clean up your own, extremely corrupt party, starting at the top. In other words, clean up your own mess, and try to prevent a worse one. Your power-mad party controls politics around the country, and where they get their policies in place, it’s a disaster. See Kansas. Then look at where opposing policies actually have made a huge difference, like California, where a $50 billion deficit under republican governors has now gone to a $7 Billion surplus. Get your heads out of your partisan asses and stop demonizing everyone who doesn’t goose-step to your drums.

      1. You lie.

        Less than four years after declaring California’s budget “balanced for the foreseeable future,” Gov. Jerry Brown said the state is projected to run a $1.6-billion deficit by summer 2017.

        Brown’s administration miscalculated costs for the state Medi-Cal program by $1.9 billion last year, an oversight that contributed to Brown’s projection of a deficit in the upcoming budget, officials acknowledged. The Democratic governor called for more than $3 billion in cuts because of a projected deficit he pegged at $1.6 billion.

        The massive hole in the Medi-Cal budget surprised state lawmakers. “It makes you wonder what else is not right. When something like this happens, the trust factor gets eroded, and you lose confidence in what’s being provided to you,” said Sen. John Moorlach, a Republican from Costa Mesa who serves on the Senate budget committee.

        As for Kansas, they learned that there must be rules in place so that wealthy people can’t create pass-throughs (sole proprietor LLCs and the like) and use that as a mechanism to avoid paying the tax rate that they should be paying on the personal side. It does not mean that properly lowering taxes does not spur the economy and therefore increases tax revenues through growth.

        As for your very typical nazi insinuation: That says everything about you and nothing about those of us who smartly advocate a smaller, less intrusive, more efficient federal government that adheres to the U.S. Constitution.


    Like that white-house occupant you suck-up to, you don’t have a valid definition of a lie, and instead project your own rot onto others.

    And you do NOT advocate a smaller, less intrusive government. Your party is happy to intrude into all kinds of personal decisions, to build an insane, budget-busting wall between the US and Mexico that will solve nothing. And you sure are soft-pedaling the disaster that is Kansas, and the ideas that got them there are exactly the kind being foisted upon the US nationally.

    You continually and ceaselessly throw your shitty politics into every discussion, and never see a single thing wrong with the party you so mindlessly support in every way, so much like the goose-steppers. If you don’t like the comparison, then tough. Stop being like them.

  4. I use something called. PureBasic.
    The reason is …..
    It has graphics commands, and sound in it.

    For X= to to 600: Plot (x,0) : Next X
    (draws a aline at the top of the screen.)

    There!!!!!! THAT was simple….now what easy to use graphics and sound are in Swift, that you can use???????
    When using Swift CAN I Have just TWO LINES of code to do the same thing.
    I programmed in C, And C+, but was NEVER ABLE TO FIND easy to use TWO LINER code-for graphics ,and sound.
    I believe in having the LEAST amount of code, to do as much as possible. I ‘ll take some suggestions now. Thank You.
    When I bought my TRS-80 computer in 1979…
    It had voice recognition.
    I wrote a program to play a voice controlled 21 card game. (hit me, I’ll stay)
    It drew the cards on the screen as you played.(All done in TRS-80 MicroSoft BASIC)
    I hooked it up to a lie detector.
    I could “dim the lights”, or turn Tv, fan,etc on/off.
    I studied “BRAIN WAVE recognition. ***************
    In SHORT….. it was FUN as hell !!!!! no business use whatsoever. just FUN.
    Now THAT’S the TYPE of education that should be “out there.”

    ************** check out oculus 4 keynote brainwave recognition.

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