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Applications Now Open for iOS Boot Camp Classes at City Colleges of Chicago

3/1/2018 12:00 AM

Free courses at Kennedy-King and Truman Colleges teach students about creating apps for iPhone and iPad; deadline to apply is March 5 and classes begin the week of April 2

City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) today announced that applications are open for its first-ever five-month boot camp that will prepare Chicagoans to develop iOS apps.  The boot camp program, in its pilot stage, is free to selected participants, who will build the coding skills necessary to create and publish apps for iPhone and iPad and sell them on the App Store, where US app developers have earned over $16 billion in sales. 

“Coding is not just a critical skill in today’s economy, it is another outlet for students to expand their horizons and explore their creativity,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “This Apple initiative with City Colleges is an incredible opportunity for students across Chicago to learn the language of the future, sharpen their minds and develop the skillsets needed to compete and win in the 21st century.”   

Completers of the boot camp program will have developed the coding skills needed for jobs of the future and to jumpstart a career in app design. “We know that jobs as developers are among the most in-demand in Chicago, and this program will help our students compete for those positions,” said CCC Chancellor Juan Salgado. “Our collaboration with Apple is yet another example of our partnerships with industry leaders that help ensure our programs prepare students with the skills employers demand.” 

Apple developdc the curriculum for the Swift course, which is a major part of this boot camp (popular apps like Airbnb, KAYAK, TripAdvisor, Venmo and Yelp are all created with Swift).

Coding classes begin the week of April 2 at two City Colleges locations – Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson, and Englewood’s Kennedy-King College, 6301 S. Halsted.  The boot camp meets 12 hours per week—two evenings of three hours each, and Saturday, 8am-2:30pm. Each class is divided between lecture and lab hours. Each college will accommodate up to 20 students.  

Students should apply by the March 5 deadline at www.ccc.edu/everyonecancode and will be notified if they’ve been chosen by March 19. The admissions process includes a completed application, testing and interviews. Applicants will be chosen based on demonstrated interest in coding, previous technical training or experience, familiarity with iOS, ability to commit to 12 hours per week, and a desire to start a career in this field.

Students will be ready to code on their own by August and have access to internships and entry-level job opportunities that exist because of CCC’s corporate partnerships, as well CCC’s career counselors and job board.  

“We are thrilled to have this program come to Truman College and the city of Chicago,” said Truman College Interim President Shawn Jackson. “It’s exciting to think that the students that walk the halls of our college today will soon be the coders and app designers that create what we’ll use on our devices.” 

Kennedy-King College Interim President Craig Lynch added, “I can’t wait to see the next wave of developers and technology professionals include students from Englewood.” 

This initiative comes after the first cohort of students completed a cybersecurity boot camp at Wright College, which is CCC’s center of excellence in Information Technology. That program prepares students for cyber jobs and will start again this summer at Kennedy-King College and Wright College. 

Once students finish the iOS program, which is an expansion of Apple’s “Everyone Can Code” initiative, they can use what they learned to start a business, continue improving their coding skills in higher education programs, or be considered for positions with software development companies. 

For more information and to apply, go to www.ccc.edu/everyonecancode. 

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