Apple co-founder Steve “Woz” Wozniak has lent his nickname to a new online learning institute, designed to train users in coding and other digital skills via a subscription-based training system.
Woz U is designed to get people into the workforce quickly and affordably, creating long-term financial stability for a new generation of tech workers while providing prepared hires and training solutions for businesses. Arizona-based Woz U launched today with programs online, and plans to add ground campuses in more than 30 cities across the country and around the world.
“Our goal is to educate and train people in employable digital skills without putting them into years of debt,” said Wozniak, who co-founded Apple Computer and invented the Apple II computer that launched the personal computing revolution. “People often are 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.”
The institution is part of the Southern Careers Institute, a private, for-profit school with seven locations across Texas. No word on just how involved Wozniak has actually been in developing the curriculum of the online training.
Woz U offers a mobile app to help match potential students with the technology-based career best suited for them. Currently, programs train computer support specialists and software developers; data science, mobile applications and cybersecurity programs are coming soon.
“My entire life I have worked to build, develop and create a better world through technology and I have always respected education,” Wozniak said. “Now is the time for Woz U, and we are only getting started.”
For more information, visit: www.woz-u.com.