Steve Wozniak, Apple’s co-founder, recently announced that he will be launching a new online technology education platform under the name of Woz U. It is designed to promote jobs in the area of technology. Wozniak hopes to eventually extend the initiative to include up to 30 physical locations around the world. It will include courses ranging from software engineering and information technology to mobile application development and cyber-security, among others.
Woz U will provide access to technology companies interested in using the tools and resources provided to recruit and train their employees. The platform will be available to elementary and middle school students through partnerships with school districts. In the future Woz U wants to offer customized instruction to students and then offer their own acceleration program for potential startups. The goal is to increase interest in what Woz U calls STEAM careers, or science, technology, engineering, arts and math, with the addition of arts, supposedly to support Wozniak’s role in Apple and the mission of co-founder Steve Jobs , blending technology with the humanities.
Our goal is to educate and train people in digital skills that can be employed without putting them into years of debt. People are often afraid to choose a technology career because they believe they can’t do it. I know they can, and I want to show you how. All my 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’re just starting.
There is already a mobile application with some introductory courses and you can enroll in Woz U. Woz U’s starting partner is the Southern Careers Institute, based in Austin, Texas.