Tennessee State University offers coding courses in Africa
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) – Tennessee State University will begin offering an online application design and coding course in two African countries this fall. Robbie Melton heads the historically black university’s coding program.
She says the idea is to get students interested in STEM careers and increase the number of black students entering these fields. Application design and coding courses in Africa will be offered at schools in Liberia and South Africa run by the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
“Tennessee State University is proud to be part of this initiative which aims to cross international borders and give students the opportunity to expand their knowledge and acquire important career development skills,” said the President Glenda Glover in a press release. App design is a big part of the global workforce and we want to make sure people of color everywhere have the knowledge and skills to compete and succeed. These are largely high school students who have the potential to become a part of the TSU student body.
TSU already offers the program to more than 30 historically black schools in the United States. Over 2,000 students have participated since the program began in 2019.