This is Steve Wozniak, he needs no introduction, he is starting a new online school for people who want to learn anything related to technology, coding, or similar studies. He’s calling it “Woz U,” and it’s supposed to provide people with skills required to enter the tech industry.
The goal is to train people with digital skills and make them employable in the tech world without putting them into years of student debt like a normal U.S. college education often does. Woz U offers just two online programs today, an 8-month computer programming track and a 6-month computer support specialist track. The school promises to eventually add programs in data science, mobile app development and cybersecurity, and add physical campuses in 30 cities.
Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Woz U is “inspired by Steve Wozniak,” according to the school’s website.
It wasn’t immediately clear how much each program would cost students, or what Wozniak’s involvement in the curriculum would be. Woz U’s parent company, Southern Careers Institute, offers similar computer programming and computer support specialist programs at its six for-profit schools in Texas, alongside programs in cosmetology, welding, medical billing, and others.
But Wozniak’s goal for the online university is quite simple: to increase interest in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics — though it’s hard to say if there’s a shortage or even a decline in those fields. Anyhow, the inclusion of arts is an interesting choice, and it’s presumably a nod to Wozniak and fellow co-founder Steve Jobs’s dedication to making design, art, and aesthetics as important as engineering.
Wozniak said his entire life has been devoted to building, developing, and creating a better world through the use of technology, and that he has always respected education.
“Now is the time for Woz U, and we are only getting started,” he said.
Wozniak has grand ambitions for Woz U. He wants to expand the online platform to include as many as 30 physical locations around the globe. Wozniak has also launched a mobile app that’ll aid potential Woz U students in figuring out which tech path is best for them.
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