“Propel will provide HBCU student-scholars across the country access to cutting-edge technology, resources, and programming to be globally competitive across multidisciplinary disciplines and career trajectories,” Clark Atlanta University President George T. French Jr. said.
Propel Center is being spearheaded by Ed Farm, a nonprofit based in Birmingham, Alabama, that earlier started a program to teach computer coding and bring career opportunities to HBCUs.
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Apple on this extraordinary project,” said Anthony Oni, Ed Farm’s founder and a vice president at Southern Co. “The Propel Center will help cultivate leadership and drive innovation in tech and beyond, acting as a springboard for change in communities across America.”
The Propel Center will offer academic programming both in person and online. Classes will focus on entrepreneurship, computer programming and the business of entertainment, but also agriculture, leadership and social justice. The center also seeks to promote coaching, business startup and idea development.
The center will host some students and teachers at its Atlanta campus who will live onsite.
Apple said the giving is part of a $100 million racial equity and justice initiative it announced in June, while Southern Co. said it's part of a $50 million initiative to support HBCUs in the company's service area of Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
Apple's Detroit developer academy will be a partnership with Michigan State University.