Apple co-founder launches Woz U for tech education


Steve Wozniak made his mark on the tech industry many years ago, when he built a computer that revolutionized the way humans interact with technology. Now, the Apple co-founder wants to see what he can do in education.

Wozniak on Friday launched Woz U, a digital institute designed to fill jobs in the technology industry by training and producing highly skilled, innovative workers through fast and affordable programs.

Based out of Scottsdale, Arizona, Woz U is offering online programs already, with plans to build physical campuses in more than 30 cities across the country and globe.

Neither the announcement nor the website mention anything about accreditation, but the website says Woz U is considered part of the Southern Careers Institute and has established partnerships with universities, businesses, government agencies and non-profit organizations.

In an effort to meet the demands of today’s students, Woz U will be available 24/7, with online teachers, mentors and career services personnel — all grounded in a video-based curriculum. This setup, Wozniak hopes, will help fill lucrative tech jobs with high-performing college students looking for long-term financial stability and success, according to the Woz U website.

“Our goal is to educate and train people in employable digital skills without putting them into years of debt,” Wozniak said in a statement. “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.”

In addition to its website, which features full-stack software developer and computer support specialist programs, Woz U also released a mobile app that can match prospective students with the technology career most suitable for them.

Programs in data science, mobile applications and cybersecurity are slated to join the two current career paths in 2018.

The career services division will provide interview exams, resume creation and critiques, and portfolio development “giving you the edge you need to succeed,” the website says.

“Our programs offer the fastest, most direct path to tech-based careers that are most in demand by business and government,” it says. “This education is for the masses; it will elevate standards of higher education and what you can expect from it, meaning that you too can be an innovator with action and hard work.