New partnership with Rush University Medical Center creates new coding opportunities in Chicago

CHICAGO—April 12, 2019. Columbia College Chicago Online (Columbia Online) is partnering with Rush University Medical Center to offer students and instructors at Chicago’s Richard T. Crane Medical Preparatory High School an opportunity to participate in software coding classes in support of Apple’s “Everyone Can Code” initiative.

The 16-week program will immerse both students and instructors at Crane in Apple’s Swift coding language. With a combination of curriculum designed and delivered by Columbia Online and in-class support at Crane, the program will cover two 8-week courses: “Foundations of Swift Coding and iOS” and “App Design with Swift Programming.”

“Coding skills have never been more in demand than now,” said Rob Green, vice provost of digital learning at Columbia Online. “Columbia College Chicago Online is thrilled to be able to share our curriculum with the students and instructors at Crane in support of the larger effort to contribute to the city’s future workforce development needs.”

Apple specifically designed Swift to be easy to learn and teach code, making it an ideal entry point for students of all ages. By providing this gateway into app development, students with no background in coding are able to explore technological skills that complement future careers in growing technological industries.

The program is partially underwritten by JPMorgan Chase & Co. This funding matched with support from Columbia College Chicago highlights the increasingly collaborative effort within Chicago to create a thriving and sustainable technological workforce.

About Columbia College Chicago Online
Columbia College Chicago Online provides in-demand curriculum to lifelong learners anywhere in the world. The interactive online learning environment was designed to give students the skills they need to cultivate sustainable careers in today’s demanding marketplace. With coursework in emerging technologies like AR/VR, coding and app design, Columbia College Chicago Online is committed to providing the most cutting-edge curriculum for working professionals in ever-evolving industries.

About Rush University Medical Center
Helping people get the skills they need for high-quality jobs is central to Rush’s long-term mission to improve the overall health and well-being of the communities Rush serves. Chicago’s Richard T. Crane Medical Preparatory High School has been the lead partner for several years in the Rush Education and Career Hub (REACH). The REACH program provides educational services and support for young people from pre-K through college in order to boost high school graduation rates and college enrollment; build pathways to careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and health care; and improve readiness for college and the workforce.