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Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Has Created a New Online University

If Steve Wozniak truly has an institutional method for helping more people learn new tech skills without going into massive debt, it could be even more important than that other little thing he did: inventing personal computers.

The initiative is part of Southern Careers Institute (SCI), a private, for-profit school with seven locations spread across Texas.

Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple with Steve Jobs, is launching a new online tech education platform he's calling Woz U, which is created to promote technology jobs and the skills required to enter the industry.

Woz U enters a crowded market, competing with a swath of online, in-person and blended programs that claim they're filling a tech skills gap employers face. No word yet on how much Woz U will cost.

Current programs will train computer support specialists and software developers; data science, mobile applications and cybersecurity programs are coming soon. "I know they can, and I want to show them how", Wozniak said in a statement Friday.

Also in the works are programs aimed at companies looking to train or retrain their workforce. Though the institute is now online, Woz U also plans to establish academies that offer rigorous one-on-one training, roll out a K-12 STEAM curriculum for schools, and offer an enterprise program that helps companies train - or retrain - their workforce.

You'll now only find the Arizona-based Woz U online, but Wozniak hopes he'll eventually see physical campuses in over 30 cities in the USA and throughout the world.

He added, "Now is the time for Woz U, and we are only getting started".

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.

It will also reach students via mobile, and has rolled out an app to help match learners with careers. So don't expect everything in Woz U to be free.



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