Tennessee State opens coding hub for HBCU schools

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee State University is opening a hub for computer programming and app development that will serve historically black colleges and universities across the country.

To kick off the effort, leaders from 14 schools met at TSU's new National Center for Smart Technology Innovations in Nashville this week to develop apps that solve real-life challenges.

Morehouse College's Monique Earl-Lewis called the experience "mind-blowing." The Africana studies professor said she was doubtful she would be able to learn coding but now considers herself an app developer.

Apple is supporting TSU with equipment, scholarships and professional development to help launch the initiative.

TSU President Glenda Glover said in a news release that the program will equip people of color, especially TSU students.

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