Four-month-old Woz U launches cybersecurity education program

It's the third set of courses for the new digital learning platform, joining existing programs on data science and software development.

Ryan Johnston
Ryan Johnston Editorial Fellow
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Woz U, the technology-focused education startup founded by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, has launched its third digital learning program — this time focused on cybersecurity.

The new program will be the education provider’s first mid-level one, meaning participants will be required to have some prior knowledge in order to enroll, Woz U President Chris Coleman told EdScoop.

The other two programs currently available — data science and software development — are open to students with no experience in the areas. Woz U opted not to disclose current enrollment statistics.

Coleman said he is confident the new, intensive cybersecurity program will attract a lot of enrollees. That's because Woz U approaches curriculum through the lens of a market-driven dynamic, he said, and consults with experts to ensure that Woz U students are acquiring marketable skills.

“When we look at our content and program,” Coleman said, “we’ve got a high level of confidence in its effectiveness before we launch because people that have hired for [cybersecurity] roles before are looking at it and verifying it will meet their needs.”

Cybersecurity is a growing industry, and experts say salaries will continue to rise anywhere from 7 to 15 percent for professionals in the field in 2018.

Woz U launched in October with as a fully digital institute, and has since licensed itself as an institution of higher learning in Arizona. All three programs are currently offered online through 12-, 24- or 33-week sessions, depending on the program, but partnerships with other higher ed institutions are also on the horizon for Woz U, Coleman said.

The cybersecurity program will culminate with a hands-on project that charges students with coming up with real-world solutions, according to a statement from Woz U, and online classes will include lectures and one-on-one mentoring.

Coleman also touted students’ lifetime access to their chosen program or programs — a must in the rapidly-evolving world of technology, he said. So, students enrolled in the cybersecurity program will always have access to the courses in that program — even those developed after their graduation — and will receive heavily discounted prices on the other programs Woz U offers.

Currently, the cybersecurity program includes 11 courses.

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