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Apple’s CEO Tim Cook Visits Austin and Announces New Training Program with Austin Community College

Tim Cook, Apple CEO, courtesy photo

At Capital Factory Friday morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced a new partnership with the Austin Community College District to offer its App Development with Swift curriculum to students.

The program, which Apple is rolling out at more than 30 community colleges nationwide, allows students to learn app development skills that will prepare them for careers in the technology industry.

“The Austin Community College District, one of the nation’s largest higher learning institutions, will begin offering the course to its 74,000 students this fall,” according to a news release.

Apple created the year long development program to teach students how to build apps using Swift, an open source programming language. The course is designed for students with no programming experience and it teaches them to build fully-functional apps of their own design.

“We’ve seen firsthand how Apple’s app ecosystem has transformed the global economy, creating entire new industries and supporting millions of jobs,” Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, said in a news release. “We believe passionately that same opportunity should be extended to everyone, and community colleges have a powerful reach into communities where education becomes the great equalizer.”

The Austin Community College District serves students through 11 campuses in eight counties. Austin currently has more than 7,000 job openings in various tech fields and local leaders have been looking for ways to fill those jobs by providing needed skills to the local workforce.

“We’re thrilled to have Apple join our mission to make Austin more affordable for people who already live in the city,” Austin Mayor Steve Adler said in a news release. “Apple is going to be a force multiplier in the community’s ongoing efforts to lift 10,000 out of poverty and into good jobs over the next five years.”

Apple has a large seven building campus in Austin with more than 6,000 employees, according to the Austin Chamber of Commerce. Apple’s Austin operations focus on chip engineering, technology, administration and customer support. And the nearby Flextronics Factory assembles the Apple Mac Pro.

Rackspace to Move 570 Employees into Austin Mall

A rendering of the proposed renovation by Gensler, photo courtesy of ACC

A rendering of the proposed renovation by Gensler, photo courtesy of ACC

Rackspace Hosting is known for innovating in old malls.

The San Antonio-based hosting company moved into the former Windsor Park Mall in Windcrest in 2007. Rackspace transformed the defunct and dilapidated mall into a vibrant and dynamic space with a slide, cafeteria, wide open spaces and a conference center for its tech community.

Now the Web hosting company plans to expand its operations in Austin into another mall, the former Highland Lakes Mall, owned by the Austin Community College. Rackspace plans to relocate 570 employees by late next year to Highland and expand in the future.

Last week, the Austin Community College’s Board of Trustees approved a move to negotiate an agreement with Rackspace to allow the company to renovate the former Dillard’s department store and lease it to Rackspace.

The collaboration between ACC and Rackspace includes providing paid internships for ACC students, enhancing tech training.

The Austin-based Live Oak-Gottesman will renovate the “four-story, 194,000-square-foot Dillard’s space, funded by a portion of Rackspace’s lease payment,” according to a news release from ACC.

“Highland represents the future of higher education, and partnerships like this are a very important component of that—creating new opportunities for students and ensuring a pipeline of skilled workers for the region,” Dr. Richard Rhodes, ACC president/CEO said in a news release. “Rackspace is one of the area’s top employers and has a strong commitment to education. Live Oak-Gottesman has a three-decade track record of successful development in Central Texas. We look forward to seeing this partnership come to fruition.”

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