Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak believes it's now too expensive to earn a degree in tech, and so he recently announced the opening of Woz U, an online university that aims to make tech education more affordable. The project is a joint venture between Woz and Southern Careers Institute, a private "for-profit" school in Austin Texas.
Wozniak said 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.
"Our goal is to educate and train people in employable digital skills without putting them into years of debt", Wozniak told BusinessWire. (The school's website says it's "inspired by Steve Wozniak.") In addition, SCI already offers programs for computer scientists and software development.
Wozniak on Friday launched Woz U, a digital institute created to fill jobs in the technology industry by training and producing highly skilled, innovative workers through fast and affordable programs. 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.
Other than being the forward face and marketing man for Woz U, it's not been revealed if he'd be involved in any other part of the school. Much like how the Apple I paved the future of personal computing, Woz U is reshaping the future of higher education in technology. An educational accelerator program will look to place young students with established companies to give hands-on experience. He plans to eventually open physical campuses in over 30 cities in the US and other unspecified countries.
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. These chosen students will also "learn how to finance and capital raise for start-ups", according to the website.
With that in mind, here's hoping Woz U is the real deal.