Detroit Evening Report: Michigan State University celebrates third Apple Developer Academy graduating class

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Participants from the 2024 Apple Developer Academy graduating class.

Participants from the 2024 Apple Developer Academy graduating class.

The Michigan State University Apple Developer Academy in Detroit celebrated its third graduating class on Thursday.

In a partnership between Apple and MSU, the academy is a 10-month program focused on coding, design, marketing, artificial intelligence and more. The program is offered for free and open to all city of Detroit residents.

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This year’s graduating class totaled nearly 200 students. Since 2021, the academy has equipped nearly 1,000 Detroiters with the skills to help them succeed in the city’s growing tech sector. The program includes courses that teach students how to build iOS apps that support businesses and communities who utilize Apple devices such as iPhones and iPads.

The next level of the program allows for 50 exceptional students to partake in advance training, mentorship and collaborations opportunities with local organizations.

“We believe everyone deserves a chance to learn the skills needed for the workforce of today and tomorrow, and we know that a growing app economy is a place where diverse creators and entrepreneurs such as yourselves have a unique opportunity to make their mark on the world,” Korri Jackson, senior education program manager with Apple’s Community Education Initiative, said in a statement. “That’s why I’m so excited to congratulate the third graduating class of Detroit’s Apple Developer Academy. Graduates, in the last 10 months you’ve shown what’s possible when determination and opportunities collide. You’ve worked to overcome challenges, individually and as teams, and you created community with one another. You learned to create apps that can improve lives in communities around the world.”

Detroit residents 18 years of age and older encouraged to apply for the next Apple Developer Academy session at

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  • Hernz Laguerre
    Hernz Laguerre Jr. is a Multimedia Journalist at 101.9 WDET. He is one of the co-host for "Detroit Evening Report," one of the weekend anchors for "Weekend Edition," the producer for our political podcast, "MichMash," and reports on arts, culture and politics.