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Apple has picked Columbus State Community College in Ohio to be the first in the country to use a new curriculum designed to teach people skills in mobile apps developed in Apple’s Swift programming language.

That’s the official word from the Columbus Dispatch, which notes that “Apple sees it as a way for more people to find opportunities in the fast-growing app economy.”

In a conversation with Dispatch reporters, Cook said Apple was thrilled about the opportunity.

“We feel that coding should be a required course in our public and private schools around the country,” Cook is quoted in the report.

If you’re not familiar, App Development with Swift is designed as a full-year course that can take a student from novice to designing and building an app.

Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president for environment, policy, and social initiatives, says that Apple chose six community colleges to launch the new curriculum because of the role they play in preparing students for in-demand jobs.

“Community colleges are on the front lines of that,” noted Jackson.

To read the full report, click here.

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