Apple and Dream Corps build career opportunities for Oakland coders

As part of its Community Education Initiative, Apple will partner with Oakland-based non-profit organization Dream Corps to bring educational and workforce development opportunities to young adults with a goal of career placement in the tech sector.

The partnership will build on the success of Dream Corps’ #YesWeCode Initiative, which aims “to help 100,000 young women and men from underrepresented backgrounds find success in the tech sector.” #YesWeCode has already graduated approximately 100 people and has placed 60 percent of them in new tech jobs.

“We are thrilled about launching this new initiative in Oakland,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives. “Our hope is that by bringing expertise, stakeholders and resources together, we’ll be able to magnify the already impressive impact that Dream Corps is having in the Bay Area and across the nation and help a new generation of young people realize their potential.”

Apple will provide technology as well as professional support, curriculum guidance and advocacy to individuals in middle and high school, college and beyond. Participants will be exposed to a number of skills and tools to enhance career prospects, with an emphasis on coding with Swift.

Members of Dream Corps collaborate in the non-profit’s Oakland headquarters.
Members of Dream Corps collaborate in the non-profit’s Oakland headquarters.

Vien Truong is the CEO of Dream Corps. She’s the youngest of 11 children, born to an immigrant couple who migrated from Vietnam in the 1970s. She and her family have called Oakland home for decades. She joined Dream Corps in 2015 with the goal of expanding opportunities to young people in Oakland and beyond.

“I see Dream Corps as a peace corps for the American Dream,” said Truong. “It’s about making sure that we can help support people who lived or grew up in communities like mine. And this partnership with Apple will help unlock the untapped genius and talent within those communities, which will allow a new generation to achieve their dreams.”

Apple and Dream Corps’ coding programming is set to launch later this year in the Bay Area. Dream Corps is working with the Mayor’s Office and the City of Oakland to identify and assess potential locations for a dedicated space to support this program and other related workforce development and social entrepreneurship efforts.

Source: Apple Inc.

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  1. Well looky there, “Learn to Code” actually pays off. Maybe some journalists should stop being butt hurt by their job loss and “mean words” and learn a new trade.

  2. Great News! What an opportunity for the Oakland coders! I hope, they will utilize this opportunity by any means. In fact, this initiative created by Apple will work out in creating their job placement. As an academic writer, i know that the fresh graduates wait for such an opportunity. When i write for them on, I have an intimate conversation with their about their dream. And the dream is working with the giant like Apple.

  3. Fico feliz em ler esta boa notícia! Eu acho que será uma grande oportunidade para os codificadores de Oakland. Eu acho que eles não vão perder esta oportunidade. Eles vão utilizar a oportunidade por qualquer meio. E explore sua criatividade antes de todo o mundo. Como escritor acadêmico, trabalho como ajuda dissertação mestrado para alunos de graduação. E é por isso que sei que os jovens codificadores da nova geração têm muitas potencialidades. Se eles tiverem uma chance, eles certamente irão explorar.

  4. Wow! It’s a super scope for the Oakland coders to leverage! They should utilize this opportunity at the highest level. Well, this initiative put in reality by Apple will play a great role in their job opportunity. Being an essay writer, I am sure that an opportunity like this will be very helpful for new college graduates. When I compose an essay for them on, I try to understand their emotion and the objective they try to achieve through those essays. And it is quite coincidental that most of their job dream is to work for behemoths like Apple.

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