Norfolk State University Becomes Community Center for Coding and Creativity

Norfolk State University Becomes Community Center for Coding and Creativity in Collaboration with Apple and Tennessee State University

NSU will help bring workforce development opportunities to students and the broader community

Today, in celebration of Computer Science Education Week, Norfolk State University announced it will become a community center for Coding and Creativity.

NSU is working in collaboration with 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 (HBCUs) and their communities.

“Norfolk State University welcomes the opportunity to partner with Historically Black Colleges and Universities in our combined effort to expand opportunities for our communities,” said President Javaune Adams-Gaston, Ph.D. “Coding promotes the use of algorithm development and critical thinking, which are universal and important skillsets that apply to all disciplines,” said Adams-Gaston. “Our relationship with Apple and the other HBCU C2 centers provides another opportunity for NSU students to attain additional skills that will prepare them for day one engagement in the workforce.”

 Faculty leaders from NSU 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.

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