New Certificate Teaches Basics of App Building

There's an app for that - and now there's a Harper College class for building them.

The College this fall will launch a new noncredit certificate in iPhone app development, giving students a tutorial on the tools and mechanics used to build applications and requiring them to design, build and present apps themselves.

The two-course certificate, comprising a fall class and advanced spring course, comes on the heels of Facebook's billion-dollar decision to buy out startup photo app Instagram.

"Application development is the next budding frontier of the mobile marketing and social media industry," says instructor Angelo Bravo, who has experience as an IT programmer, project manager and Chief Information Officer and holds a Ph.D. in computer science. "This certificate is a good tool for marketing yourself in the field."

Bravo says the classes, which are offered through Harper's Continuing Education Department, provide a solid introduction to the basics of IT and computer science.

Harper's new program will focus on apps for iPhone and iPad, the largest mobile app providers.

The fall course meets Saturday mornings from September 22 to December 1. For more information on the class or the full app development certificate program, call 847.925.6300 or visit

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