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Alabama A&M Partners with Apple’s Innovative Propel Center

Alabama A&M University is partnering with Propel Center, a new global campus headquartered in Atlanta that will support innovative learning and development for Historically Black Colleges and Universities nationwide.
Apple is working with Southern Company and the Ed Farm education non-profit to support the Propel Center. Apple’s $25 million contribution will enable the Propel Center to support HBCU students and faculty through a robust virtual platform, a physical campus in the historic Atlanta University Center, as well as on-campus activations at partner institutions.
Through the Propel Center, Alabama A&M students and faculty will have access to innovative curricula, technology support, career opportunities, and fellowship programs.
“As a Top 3 Minority STEM Producer among HBCUs nationally, Alabama A&M is excited to partner with the Propel Center to provide additional resources and grow the pipeline of students entering these disciplines,” said President Andrew Hugine, Jr.
The Propel Center will offer a wide range of educational tracks, including AI and machine learning, agricultural technologies, social justice, entertainment arts, app development, augmented reality, design and creative arts, career preparation, and entrepreneurship. Experts from Apple will help develop curricula and provide ongoing mentorship and learning support, along with offering internship opportunities.
Propel Center is part of Apple’s $100 million Racial Equity and Justice Initiative.
“We are all accountable to the urgent work of building a more just, more equitable world — and these new projects send a clear signal of Apple’s enduring commitment,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We’re launching REJI’s latest initiatives with partners across a broad range of industries and backgrounds — from students to teachers, developers to entrepreneurs, and community organizers to justice advocates — working together to empower communities that have borne the brunt of racism and discrimination for far too long.
“We are honored to help bring this vision to bear, and to match our words and actions to the values of equity and inclusion we have always prized at Apple.”

Drake State a Community Center for Coding and Creativity in Collaboration with Apple, Tennessee State

Drake State Community & Technical College is emphasizing the word “community” in new and wonderful ways.

Now, through a collaboration with Apple and Tennessee State University, the school will become a community center for Coding and Creativity. The designation is part of Apple’s Community Education Initiative and Tennessee State University’s HBCU C2 initiative designed to bring coding and creativity experiences to Historically Black Colleges and Universities and their communities.

“This initiative fits perfectly with Drake State’s efforts to not only provide outstanding education for students but to be an educational asset and community partner in Madison County,” said Dr. Patricia Sims, president of Drake State. “With the resources this designation brings, we’re able to bring new career training to our community, which has robust job opportunities in this field.”

Faculty leaders from Drake State will participate in Apple’s ongoing Community Education Initiative Learning Series to learn about coding and app development. As part of that ongoing professional development, educators will explore innovative ways to engage with learners using Apple’s comprehensive curriculum, which utilizes its easy-to-learn Swift programming language.

”Apple is committed to working alongside communities of color to advance educational equity,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives. “We see this expansion of our Community Education Initiative and partnership with HBCUs as another step toward helping black students realize their dreams and solve the problems of tomorrow.”

As part of its Community Education Initiative, Apple is supporting Drake State with equipment and professional development to help the college become the pre-eminent HBCU C2 community center to bring coding and creativity to Huntsville and Madison County.