He could also be finest recognized for co-founding Apple with Steve Jobs, however now, Steve Wozniak is dipping his toes in on-line schooling. Right this moment, Wozniak introduced his newest undertaking, an internet college known as Woz U, which goals to supply tech coaching to aspiring software program builders.
The startup enterprise is a part of Southern Careers Institute (SCI), a personal for-profit college primarily based in Austin, Texas. The enterprise gives 15 on-line and in-person packages in fields comparable to expertise, medical providers and cosmetology.
“Our purpose is to coach and practice folks in employable digital expertise with out placing them into years of debt,” Wozniak stated in a press release. “Folks usually are afraid to decide on a technology-based profession as a result of they suppose they’ll’t do it. I do know they’ll, and I wish to present them how.”
It’s nonetheless unclear, nevertheless, what position Wozniak will play for the net college past its namesake. (The college’s web site says it is “impressed by Steve Wozniak.”) As well as, SCI already gives packages for laptop scientists and software program improvement.
Curriculum at Woz U will cowl laptop science and software program improvement expertise, and a information launch says the varsity plans to later provide information science, cell purposes and cybersecurity packages.
Woz U enters a crowded market, competing with a swath of on-line, in-person and blended packages that declare they’re filling a tech expertise hole employers face. A few of the greatest gamers in that area have just lately closed down, nevertheless, leaving some critics to query if the talents gaps exists in any respect—or if the packages are succeeding to get college students into jobs they’re coaching for.
The Woz U program might be bracing for that problem, with plans to work straight with employers as purchasers, too. The college “will work with tech corporations to recruit and practice, and even retrain, a workforce by way of subscription-based curriculum or on-site custom-made packages. One other will present college districts with Ok-12 STEAM packages, exposing digital engineering ideas to college students at a youthful age to nudge them towards a potential tech-based profession,” the discharge says.
On prime of that, Woz U has plans to develop a tech accelerator program sooner or later.
Headquartered in Arizona, Woz U programs will happen on-line and can largely be video-based with “stay entry to instructors and pupil mentors,” this system’s web site reads. The college says it has plans to launch bodily campuses at greater than 30 different places.
It should additionally attain college students through cell, and has rolled out an app to assist match learners with careers.
After finishing the course, this system claims graduates will obtain help and coaching on interview expertise, resume crafting, and a portfolio of initiatives. As well as, the varsity is launching Woz U Join, a networking platform unique to its college students and companions.
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