Bevill State CC to offer app development course through Apple

Students at Bevill State Community College (BSCC) will soon have the opportunity to learn app development skills using Apple Swift technology. This fall BSCC will offer courses in Swift, a programming language by Apple, that will give students the necessary tools to build apps for iOS, Mac, Apple TV and Apple Watch. Common apps built with Swift include Lyft, LinkedIn, Airbnb and Eventbrite. The curriculum offered by Apple is called App Development with Swift, which is a full-year course designed to teach app design. Only six community college systems in the nation, including the Alabama Community College System, have been chosen to offer the new Apple curriculum, giving Bevill State students an advantage in the growing computer programming industry. A press release from Bevill State notes over 5,000 computer programming jobs are expected to be available in Alabama within the next 10 years, making the new educational opportunity through Apple particularly beneficial. “Bevill State Community College is excited to offer this new career path to individuals in our service area,” BSCC Interim President Dr. Kim Ennis said. “This is a unique educational opportunity, and as this market grows our region will be well equipped to meet the workforce needs of this industry.”

Sen. Greg Reed, R-Jasper, has vowed to continue advocating for innovative programs to be offered to students in Alabama. “This is a tremendous opportunity for young people in Walker County and across west Alabama,” Reed said. “Startups and established businesses alike need software developers to build everything from sales software platforms to inventory management systems. Apple is obviously one of the premier companies in the world. Taking a class from Apple on apps and software, using the Swift language, is almost like taking a football leadership class from Nick Saban. You’re learning from the best.” Bevill State’s first Apple Swift lab will be located on the Sumiton campus, and the Alabama Community College System is funding a portion of the lab development. Reed has also offered financial support for the lab. “Bevill State continues to be an innovative leader in education, and I am proud to be an ambassador for the college in my role as a state legislator in Montgomery,” Reed said. More information on the Apple Swift lab program can be found at Ennis added, “We are fortunate that our leaders, such as Sen. Greg Reed, see the importance and value in these innovative programs. Their support is vital to moving Alabama forward in workforce development.”