Woz U, a new education platform, is aimed at training both the wannabe and the existing technical workforce in “employable digital skills.” One of its purposes is to make technical education affordable for those who want to pursue a career in the tech industry, but are not able to because of financial constraints.
Pioneer and Apple Co-founder Steve Wozniak made Woz U official on Sunday announcing the launch of the seemingly brilliant platform.
“Our goal is to educate and train people in employable digital skills without putting them into years of debt,” the Apple co-founder 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. My entire life I have worked to build, develop, and create a better world through technology and I have always respected education. Now is the time for Woz U, and we are only getting started.”
To start with, the Arizona based company will focus on involving students as well as companies in the Woz U scheme of things, while the long-term goal is to stretch the initiative to 30 physical U.S. and world locations.
The program proposes to cover a wide range of tech-related careers including science, technology, engineering, mathematics and even arts, which does not really come as a surprise considering the late Steve Job’s long-time vision of merging technology with the humanities.
In effect, Woz U will be a multi-platform education system that will, on the one hand, attract and train prospective students by offering affordable and employable technical education and, on the other, provide a platform to tech companies to not only hire these Woz U trained students, but to also train new recruits and retrain their existing workforce . This will be done through subscription-based curriculum and customized programs.
At another level, Woz U will work with school districts to provide a separate platform for K-12 students facilitating Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics or STEAM careers.
To sum it up, the Woz U platforms will work towards achieving the following short and long-term objectives.
- Allow aspiring students to pursue tech-based careers through an affordable Woz U platform providing world-class training in developing technical, digital, IT, software and related skills according to industry demands, thereby, ensuring employability.
- A Woz U platform to tech companies to hire and train a new workforce and enhance the skills of the existing workforce through retraining.
- Making a K-12 STEAM platform available to school districts to promote tech and digital concepts among students at a relatively early age, “inspiring the next generation of innovators and developing the workforce of the future.”
Additionally, Woz U plans to introduce high-tech accelerator programs “to identify and develop elite tech talent.”
Woz U Online programs: (https://woz-u.com/about/)
- Computer Support Specialist
- Data Science (coming 2018)
- Mobile Application (coming 2018)
- Cyber Security (coming 2018)
The Woz U mobile app is designed to include an aptitude test to assess the strengths of students and accordingly guide them towards the most suitable career path.