Tennessee State University partners with Apple to offer alumni free app design course

Posted at 4:25 PM, Aug 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-23 17:25:30-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Alumni of Tennessee State University (TSU) have a new opportunity to learn app design with a free course. TSU and Apple, Inc. have partnered to make the class possible, the college announced Friday.

The course - Computer Applications for Educational Leaders - is being offered through the TSU School of Graduate and Professional Studies. It's accepting applications now.

The course represents TSU's mission to provide life-long learning opportunities to alumni.

"This course is the first of its kind to address an individual's working and learning style where they can take the course on-ground, online, hybrid or at the Apple Store," said Dr. Robbie Melton, TSU's dean of Graduate and Professional Studies and program director for the coding initiative.

The curriculum is structured to provide onsite instruction for groups of 10 or more wherever they're located.

This follows the university's launch in July of "Everyone Can Code and Everyone Can Create" (HBCU C²), a national initiative supported by Apple that looks to bring coding experiences to historically black colleges and underserved communities.

"Apple is encouraging us to offer more academies because of the result from the academy this summer in which five of the apps that were designed are now being tested on campuses," Melton said. "Apple provides an approach to coding and creativity in a nonthreatening manner. You have children coding. You have seniors coding, and the fact that we have over 200 people from high school to senior citizen centers wanting to code and create is phenomenal."

For more information on enrolling in Computer Applications for Educational Leaders (EDAD 6100), you can contact Deborah Chisom at or call (615) 963-7390.