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Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Steps Up For Tech Education

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Yesterday we reported that Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced a new $1 billion dollar and 1 million hour initiative for tech education. Google isn’t alone in driving tech education. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak just announced his own initiative to help teach software development.

While the Woz isn’t tied directly to any tech giant anymore he has always been supportive of education, especially in the technology realm. Apple started when he and Steve Jobs started showing off their inventions, including the Apple computer, at computer clubs. In more recent days, Woz has been advising a variety of edtech startups in the STEAM/STEM space. He’s also given his approval on edtech startups who’s purpose it is to educate, like Piper and Pi-Top.

Last week, Woz announced Woz U, a partnership with Austin based Southern Careers Institute. Like the Google Grow initiative, Woz is all about access to technical education, in this case, software development.

“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.”

To help, Woz U has created a mobile app to help match people with the technology-based career best suited for them. Current programs will train computer support specialists and software developers; data science, mobile applications and cybersecurity programs are coming soon.

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

Woz U will include multiple platforms to teach and train. One will work with tech companies to recruit and train, or even retrain, a workforce through subscription-based curriculum or on-site customized programs. 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. There soon will be an accelerator program to identify and develop elite tech talent.

“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.”

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