Woz U

Summary

Woz U
Type of site
Online education
Available inEnglish
FoundedOctober 13, 2017 (2017-10-13)
URLwoz-u.com
RegistrationRequired
Launched13 October 2017

Woz U is a company founded by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak that focuses on technical education for independent students, offers curriculum to universities and organizations to upskill their employees.[1][2][3][4]

Background

WOZ U was founded in October 2017 by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Wozniak was inspired by his own experience of teaching 5th Grade students in California.[5] Woz U received the school license from the Arizona state board.[6] In the first year, the school had 350 students, as confirmed by the Arizona State Board for Private Post secondary Education.[6]

Product and services

Courses

Woz U offers courses in Software Development, Cyber Security and Data Science that lasts approximately 33 weeks, with one to two hours of lectures a week. These courses provide graded assignments, weekly exercises, and a final project. As of March 2019, Woz U offered three technology-focused educational models for Software Development, Cyber Security and Data Science.

Business model

Woz U works on the Education-as-a-Service (EaaS) model to students an alternative or supplement to the traditional four-year degree programs.[7] The students take a micro course to learn software development, cyber security and data science.[8][9] As of December 2018, Woz U had 350 registered students signed up for its programs.[6] Woz U charges $13,200 to $13,800 as a fee from the students for the courses.[10][6]

It also partners with businesses to offer a technical curriculum to employees in order to meet the upskill demand for the technology based workforce.[11]

Partnerships

Woz U has launched career pathway programs via STEAM initiatives to school districts across the United States.[3] It also works with colleges and universities across the United States. University partners include University of North Dakota,[12] University of the Potomac,[13] Belhaven University and New Jersey Institute of Technology.[14] It enables University partners to incorporate the Woz U technical curriculum into traditional college and university coursework.[15]

Woz U also works directly with businesses to upskill their employees in Software Development, Cyber Security and Data Science, to remain current with the technology developments.

References

  1. ^ Crook, Jordan. "Steve Wozniak announces tech education platform Woz U". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  2. ^ "Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Forms 'Woz U' to Reprogram Tech Education, Address Skills Gap". www.businesswire.com. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  3. ^ a b "Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak launches his own online tech education platform". The Verge. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  4. ^ "Steve Wozniak just created his own online university". Engadget. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  5. ^ "Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak launches 'Woz U' tech school". www.bizjournals.com. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  6. ^ a b c d "Complaint over quality of Woz U, Steve Wozniak's Scottsdale school, dismissed". azcentral. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  7. ^ "Education as a Service: How Woz U Is Reaching Learners In Any Way Possible". eLearningInside News. 2018-02-26. Retrieved 2019-05-21.
  8. ^ "Woz U". und.edu. Retrieved 2019-05-21.
  9. ^ "As Woz U turns 1, program matches newly minted tech talent to a hungry workforce". CIO Dive. Retrieved 2019-05-21.
  10. ^ "Former students say that Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak's $13,200 coding bootcamp is 'broken' and sometimes links to Wikipedia". Business Insider. Retrieved 2019-05-21.
  11. ^ Newman, Daniel. "4 Key Practices For Upskilling Workers In The Age Of Digital Transformation". Forbes. Retrieved 2019-06-04.
  12. ^ Schaffhauser, By Dian; 11/06/18. "Woz U to Deliver Tech Education Through U North Dakota -". Campus Technology. Retrieved 2019-06-05.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  13. ^ "Become a Programmer, Data Analyst, or Cyber Security Engineer". Woz U. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  14. ^ "New Jersey Institute of Technology Partners with Woz U | NJIT News". news.njit.edu. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  15. ^ "The Art Institutes partners with Woz U for technology curriculum". www.bizjournals.com. 16 March 2018. Retrieved 2019-06-05.

External links

  • Woz U – Education. Reprogrammed. – official site