How many times in the course of your day do you use apps on your mobile device? 5? 10? 50? Have you ever wanted to learn to create your own? The Alabama Community College System will be rolling out the Swift App Development Program statewide this Spring Semester. You can enroll in the courses at Northeast Alabama Community College using the curriculum from Apple.
"This is a great opportunity for our students and community," stated NACC President Dr. David Campbell. "The Alabama Community College System is the first that Apple has worked with to establish a statewide program like this one. Our students consequently will be leaders nationwide in obtaining App coding skills and knowledge."
CIS 157 Introduction to App Development with Swift will be offered on Monday-Wednesday-Friday from 10 AM until 10:50 AM and on Tuesday-Thursday from 5:30 PM until 6:45 PM in Room 206 of the Pendley Administration Building.
“This is an exciting addition to our course offerings at NACC and a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning how to build an App,” said Dr. Joe Burke, Vice President/Dean of Instruction at Northeast.
In the App Development with Swift course, students will learn to code and design fully functional apps, gaining critical job skills in software development and information technology. The curriculum is designed by Apple engineers and educators and uses Swift, one of the world’s most popular programming languages. Mobile App development has been ranked as one of the hottest jobs to have in 2016 with the job market having been predicted to skyrocket by 32% from 2010 through 2020. Developers who can code in Apple’s Swift programming language have been the most in demand over the past year. Don’t miss your opportunity to learn to code with curriculum from the company who invented Swift and defined the App Economy.
“Developers who can code in Apple’s Swift programming language have been the most in demand over the past year…” said Liam Tung, ZDNet, March 1, 2016.
Why App Development?
Code.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding access to computer science, estimates there are more than 4400 unfilled computing jobs in Alabama.
Not all of these jobs are related to app development – they cover a wide range of expertise and technical training, but it is undeniable that one of the fastest growing segments in computing is app development. And, it is clear that not enough people are graduating or training enough in this state, and in this country, to keep up with the demand for skilled workers in this arena.
It just takes a glance at your smartphone or tablet to understand that the way we access information, the way we communicate, is increasingly driven by apps.
During conversations between Apple and the Alabama Community College System representatives a few months ago, the System was invited to pilot a new app development curriculum for community colleges. Immediately, it was identified as a wonderful opportunity for ACCS students.
The pilot offers a full-year course designed by Apple engineers and educators, and teaches students elements of app design using Swift—one of the world’s most popular programming languages.
Introducing the Swift coding curriculum into community colleges fits perfectly within the mission, as it is designed to address workforce developments needs in a technology-driven economy. The curriculum ensures students will be able to enter the work world with knowledge of app development that can be applied in a variety of settings.
If you are interested in the courses, go to http://programmingalabama.com to complete a form.
For more information about the App Development with Swift course, contact Dr. Burke at 256-638-4418 or 256-228-6001, ext. 2320, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. His office is located in the Pendley Administration Building, #121.
Early registration for the Spring Semester is going on now by appointment. Regular registration is Friday, January 5, 2018. Classes begin Monday, January 8. Registration will continue through January 9.
For more college information, go to www.nacc.edu or download the free App at the App Store or Google Play Store.