LeMoyne-Owen College Partners with Apple and Tennessee State University to Become a Community Center for Coding and Creativity

LeMoyne-Owen College will expand its education and career development opportunities for students and the Greater Memphis community

Memphis, TENN – Today, LeMoyne-Owen College announced it will become a community center for Coding and Creativity as part of Apple’s Community Education Initiative and Tennessee State University’s HBCU C2. The teaching and learning initiative is designed to empower Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to expand technology and creativity experiences within their institutions and broader communities.

“We are honored to join as a partner in the HBCU C2 program,” says Dr. Vernell Bennett-Fairs, LeMoyne-Owen College president. “This partnership will help us continue to provide offerings to our students that prepare them for careers of the future such as coding.”

LeMoyne-Owen College is now among nearly four dozen colleges and universities across the country serving as HBCU C2 community coding centers or regional hubs. Since 2019, participating HBCUs have offered new learning opportunities to thousands of degree-seeking students and community learners and expanded their impact through partnerships with local K-12 schools, community organizations, local governments, and more.

As part of its Community Education Initiative, Apple is supporting LeMoyne-Owen College with equipment and ongoing professional development to become the pre-eminent HBCU C2 community center to bring coding and creativity to Greater Memphis.

Faculty and educators will learn about coding and app development, and work with Apple to identify opportunities to incorporate its comprehensive Everyone Can Code and Everyone Can Create curricula, which utilizes the easy-to-learn Swift programming language. Support from Apple also includes mobile iPad and Mac labs, opportunities for student jobs and scholarships, and funding for staff.

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About LeMoyne-Owen College

LeMoyne-Owen College provides a transformative experience educating students for urban-focused leadership, scholarship, service, and professional careers. The only historically black college in Memphis, Tennessee, LeMoyne-Owen is poised for growth, success, and economic impact, and now, more than ever, prepared to embrace the future.