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Nashville, Tenn., July 24, 2019: Fisk University announced its participation in Tennessee State University’s HBCU C2 initiative designed to bring coding and application development to historically black colleges and universities and underserved communities.

This week, students, faculty, and leaders from Fisk University, including Provost Vann Newkirk and Chief of Staff, Joseph Watkins, attended the inaugural HBCU C2 Academy in Nashville to learn about coding and app development. While learning Apple’s comprehensive curriculum, which utilizes its popular Swift programming language attendees raved about how this technology will be life-changing for everyone it touches; students, institutions and communities.

 “The importance of coding and creating cannot be underscored enough. Coding and digital literacy is rapidly becoming as essential as math and English; we have a responsibility to prepare our students for jobs which might not exist at the moment,” said Fisk University President Dr. Kevin Rome. “We are excited about our partnership with TSU, Apple, and our other HBCU counterparts as we fertilize the ground to position our students for success in the digital era. Affording opportunities to historically underserved groups keeps with our mission and we are ecstatic about the experiences and skillsets this partnership will provide.”

Apple is supporting TSU with equipment, scholarships, and professional development to help the university launch its HBCU C2 initiative, which will bring coding and creativity opportunities to HBCUs across the country.