Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer and inventor of the Apple II computer, announced its latest startup, Woz U.
The new online learning institute aimed at educating and training people in coding and other digital skills through a subscription-based curriculum.
Steve Wozniak, said, people often afraid to choose a technology-based career because they think they can’t do it. I know they can, and I want to show them how.
Many economists predict that robotics and AI poised to replace sizable chunks of the American workforce, particularly those working in low-skill jobs. Without the proper training, millions of employees could be out of a job.
As tech becomes even more of a dominant presence in the US economy. U.S. tech sector will need more people to fill new roles. According to Wozniak, there’s a way to do that without racking up thousands in college loans.
Woz U, the first coding school designed to make seasoned engineers out of novice techies. Woz U wants to separate itself through its various divisions. The primary one is the collection of online classes that people can enroll in to learn the basics of computer support and software development.
In time, the curriculum will expand to include data scientists and cybersecurity experts. Woz U also focuses on getting a student’s career-ready by helping them with their resumes, practice coding tests, and building out their portfolios.
In addition, Woz U look to enter schools to encourage kids in K-12 to pursue science, tech, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM). It builds an accelerator program to develop elite tech talent. Also, it’ll work with companies to recruit and train new talent on-site, through Woz U programs.
Over the coming years, Woz U will set up 30 brick-and-mortar locations around the US to expand its digital institute into the physical world. The company will announce the specific locations within the next couple months. The accelerator school will base out of Arizona.
Woz U couldn’t disclose exact costs for students. According to reports, cost of tuition would depend on the student’s program or retraining needs.
The flexible approach comes from Wozniak’s lifelong belief that technology should available to everyone, beginning with Apple’s early computers not given away.
Woz U is the tech veteran’s latest project intended to stick to his original and enduring vision.
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