Steve Wozniak forms ‘Woz U' to help reprogram tech education

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. –  Steve "Woz" Wozniak, most famously know as the Apple co-founder, is launching a new project for the tech industry that could revamp technology education.

Wozniak recently announced the formation of Woz U, a world-class digital institute to help fill the employment gap for high-paying technology jobs across the U.S.

According to a press release, Woz U was created to help get people into the workforce quickly and affordably. The program also aims to create long-term financial stability for a new generation of tech workers.

The Arizona-based Woz U launched Oct. 13 with programs online, and plans to add ground campuses in more than 30 cities across the country 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.”

Along with the other Woz U programs, a mobile app was also created to help match job-seekers with tech-based careers best suited for them.

Some of the current programs will help train computer support specialists and software developers, while other programs coming soon will be geared towards data science, mobile applications and cyber security.

All Woz U programs incorporate the latest technologies and skills in high demand by tech employers, and programs include comprehensive career services.

“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.”

Those interested can learn more at www.woz-u.com.

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