Steve Wozniak Announces Formation of Woz U

Reuters

Reuters

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has announced the formation of a Woz U, a digital institute created to help fill the employment gap for high-paying tech jobs across the United States.

While the initiative is an online-only one for now, Woz says that the plan is to offer brick-and-mortar campuses in more than 30 cities across the US and around the world ...

"Our goal is to educate and train people in employable digital skills without putting them into years of debt", said Wozniak, who co-founded Apple Computer and invented the Apple II computer that launched the personal computing revolution. "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", Wozniak said in a statement Friday. Some of the biggest players in that space have recently closed down, however, leaving some critics to question if the skills gaps exists at all-or if the programs are succeeding to get students into jobs they are training for.

Woz U is a free download from the App Store.

Also in the works are programs aimed at companies looking to train or retrain their workforce. "Another will provide school districts with K-12 STEAM programs, exposing digital engineering concepts to students at a younger age to nudge them toward a possible tech-based career", the release says. There soon will be an accelerator program to identify and develop elite tech talent.

Headquartered in Arizona, Woz U courses will take place online and will largely be video-based with "live access to instructors and student mentors", the program's website reads.

With that in mind, here's hoping Woz U is the real deal.

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