Miles College partners with new global HBCU for innovation

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Students from Miles College. Photo via Miles College

A new partnership is bringing leadership and career development programming to historically black colleges and universities (HBCU). Find out how Miles College, near Birmingham, is involved.

In a press release, Miles College announced today, January 13, that they have partnered with the Propel Center. The Center is a new global HBCU campus headquartered in Atlanta that will provide students and faculty with world-class skills and leadership development opportunities through virtual and in-person instruction.

“We look forward to being an active contributor to this groundbreaking center of learning and opportunity for Miles College students. Ed Farm’s foresight to bring together this collaboration will forever impact opportunities for our students as innovators in the future workforce. The Center exemplifies the sincere commitment of our partners, Apple and Southern Company, to value the cultivation of the HBCU graduate.” 

Bobbie Knight, President, Miles College

About the Propel Center

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Apple CEO Tim Cook helps launch ED Farm in Birmingham on February 27, 2020. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

The Propel Center is imagined and designed by Ed Farm, a Birmingham-based and Apple-backed initiative. Ed Farm’s dedication to advancing education through technology will connect Miles College students to essential areas of knowledge, skills, tools and resources. Here’s what the curriculum includes:

  • AI + Machine Learning
  • Agricultural Technologies
  • Social Justice
  • Entertainment Arts
  • App Development
  • Augmented Reality
  • Design.+ Creativity
  • Career Preparation
  • Entrepreneurship Tracks

Students from Miles College and other participating HBCU schools will be granted access to the Propel Center’s online digital learning platform from anywhere. Not only that, but they will have access to the 50,000 square-foot Propel Center headquarters in Atlanta, which is equipped with:

  • State-of-the-art lecture halls
  • Learning labs
  • On-site living for scholars-in-residence program

“These investments are critical as we begin to truly scale Black innovation ecosystems. By leveraging technology and partnerships to connect students with unique learning opportunities, we can lift up the talent that already exists at these institutions of higher learning and accelerate their development. In doing so, we will have a hand in shaping the workforce of the future and the leaders of tomorrow.”

Anthony Oni, chairman, Ed Farm

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