Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak has just launched Woz U, a new digital institute designed for those eyeing a career in the tech industry. “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.”
As of now, Woz U only has online programs geared towards software developers and computer support specialists, but programs for data science, mobile application and cyber security are set to be available next year. And Woz U plans to build physical campuses in over 30 cities around the world. Other offerings from the institute include Woz U Education, which provides K-12 schools with STEAM programs, Woz U Enterprise that will help businesses recruit and retrain employees on new technologies and Woz U Accelerator — a 12 to 16 month program launching in 2019 aimed at identifying and developing elite talent. There’s also a mobile app that will help prospective Woz U students figure out which tech path best fits them.
“My entire life I have worked to build, develop and create a better world through technology and I have always respected education,” Wozniak said. “Now is the time for Woz U, and we are only getting started.”