AppsCo is not just an afterschool initiative—it’s a full-blown not-for-profit company that doubles as a fully integrated business learning experience for students in Peoria Public Schools. The organization has already been extraordinarily successful: one of the apps it created for the Peoria Riverfront Museum recently took first prize in the 2017 Congressional App Challenge for the 18th District. iBi spoke with Chris Coplan, communications director for Peoria Public Schools, about AppsCo’s plans for expansion and how the initiative fits into the district’s larger goals.