At a special event Friday morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Austin Community College President Dr. Richard Rhodes announced a new partnership -- a curriculum to be offered at ACC that teaches app development.

At the event at Austin’s Capital Factory -- a networking space for entrepreneurs, programmers and designers to gather for classes and coworking -- Cook and Dr. Rhodes were joined by Austin Mayor Steve Adler and State Senator Kirk Watson for the announcement.

Beginning this fall, Cook said ACC will teach Apple’s App Development with Swift curriculum, a full-year course designed by Apple engineers and educators in which students can learn how to code and design fully functioning apps.

“More importantly, they’ll gain a set of skills and experiences that are so crucial and increasingly valuable in today’s fast-changing and fast-moving economy,” said Cook. “ACC is already a terrific example of the essential role that community colleges play in shaping the next generation.”

ACC is among the first community colleges to offer this curriculum, which is designed to prepare students for jobs in one of the nation’s fastest growing job sectors -- the app economy.

“ACC is the number one college choice in Central Texas, and you guys are at the table in helping us develop this regional workforce plan,” Adler said. “And you are going to be key to this community in lifting 10,000 people out of poverty into middle-skilled jobs.”

Cook sent a special thanks to Dr. Rhodes and all the educators at ACC for giving students a chance to succeed and contribute in this industry and said it makes him want to work even harder.

“I know I speak for all of my colleagues at Apple, I can’t wait to see what they come up with,” Cook added.