Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke at the White House on Wednesday during a meeting of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board about how half of their U.S. employees don't have four-year degrees.
"Our company, as you know, was founded by a college dropout, so we've never really thought that a college degree was the thing that you had to have to do well. We've always tried to expand our horizons. And so, about half of our U.S. employment last year did not have a four-year degree, and we're very proud of that, but we want to get farther," Cook said.
"To that end, we've looked at the mismatch between the skills that are coming out of college, and what the skills are that we believe we need, we've identified coding as a very big one. We believe strongly that it should be a requirement in the U.S. for every kid to have coding before they graduate from K-12. They should be somewhat proficient at it. And so we've done a curriculum and provided it to all schools in the U.S. -- 4,000 have picked it up. We have a lot further to go, there are a lot more than 4,000 schools in the U.S., but that is a start. We've also done that with 80 community colleges," he continued.
Watch the full meeting of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board: