Apple co-founder Steve "Woz" Wozniak has lent his nickname to Woz U, a new online learning institute aimed at educating and training people in coding and other digital skills through a subscription-based curriculum.

woz u
"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 in 1976 alongside Steve Jobs. "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."

While the announcement suggests that Wozniak founded the institution himself, a footnote at the bottom says it is part of the Southern Careers Institute, a private, for-profit school with seven locations across Texas.

Woz U said it aims to get people into the workforce quickly and affordably with the technology-based career best suited for them. Programs launching today train computer support specialists and software developers; data science, mobile applications, and cybersecurity programs are coming soon.

"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."

In addition to its website and app, Woz U says it plans to open physical campuses in more than 30 cities across the United States and around the world.

Top Rated Comments

ArtOfWarfare Avatar
83 months ago
Wasn't he a college dropout?
Not that he should have stayed, but that "respected education" line just sounds weird.
Education != schools/colleges.

Education is one of the most valuable things you can have. Schools do not necessarily give you education. Education does not necessarily come from schools.

I want someone to do to learning technical skills what Duolingo did to learning languages. Make it free. Make it fun. Make it easy.

I've experimented a bit with this idea for teaching programming but creating lessons was really hard... maybe I tried making them too customized. Maybe I should have gone more cookie-cutter like Duolingo is.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
WWPD Avatar
83 months ago
I feel compelled to post this.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DrMotownMac Avatar
83 months ago
Oops!! I just entered my name, phone number and email into their "Learn more" form on their homepage. I thought I'd get some info by email about their program, how much they charge, etc. Instead, I got a message saying that I would soon receive a phone call about their program. A PHONE CALL?!?! I don't want to talk to a sales rep!!! I just wanted some more information!! I guess the first clue is that they asked for my phone number...I'm a dope.

Anyway, let this serve as a warning to everyone out there. Before you fill out that form, know that they plan to have someone CALL YOU. If you don't want the sales pitch phone call, don't fill out the form!
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Doc C Avatar
83 months ago
Education != schools/colleges.

Education is one of the most valuable things you can have. Schools do not necessarily give you education. Education does not necessarily come from schools. [emphasis added]

As someone who spent 14 yrs in post-secondary education, I see evidence of this every day in the new graduates.

College/University should ideally be about learning how to learn (and building a framework). The real education comes from real life - your own personal efforts - rather than someone spoon-feeding you canned lecture notes, while telling you what and how to think.

We need to stop fitting all the students into cookie-cutter programs, and instead, teach everyone how to learn (ideally before high-school) then encourage curiosity in whatever skillset or vocation they choose to pursue.

[end of rant]
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Craiger Avatar
83 months ago
I Woz U once, and then I learned to code.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
OldSchoolMacGuy Avatar
83 months ago
I'm sure he'll use this position to slam Apple in some way or another.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Popular Stories

Apple Logo Spotlight

Source: Apple to Announce New Products This Week

Sunday March 3, 2024 11:38 am PST by
Apple plans to announce new products with press releases on its website this week, a proven source familiar with the matter told MacRumors. While the products that Apple plans to announce have not been disclosed, there are rumors about new iPads, Macs, and accessories. It is unclear exactly what will be announced this week. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman today reiterated that Apple is planning new...
Apple Maps vs Google Maps Feature

Apple Maps vs. Google Maps: Which Is Better?

Friday March 1, 2024 7:10 am PST by
Apple Maps has been providing navigational guidance to Apple users for almost 13 and a half years now, and much has changed about the app in that time. However, according to data from Canalys, the overwhelming majority of iPhones in the U.S. still have Google Maps downloaded as an alternative to Apple Maps, which comes preinstalled on all iPhones. We want to hear from MacRumors readers. Which do...
apple tv plus banner

Apple TV+ Gains Over 50 Movies for a Limited Time

Friday March 1, 2024 6:29 am PST by
Apple TV+ today gained over 50 movies, adding to its back catalog of content for a limited time. The collection includes a large number of popular and classic titles. Subscribers can access the movies in a "Great Movies on Apple TV+" section in the Apple TV app. Some titles are also available in 3D. Movies in the collection include: 21 Jump Street 300 American Sniper Argo ...
iPad Air 12

Gurman: No Apple Event Planned for Upcoming iPads and Macs

Sunday March 3, 2024 5:09 am PST by
Apple does not plan to hold a traditional event to unveil new iPads and Macs, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. Instead, he said Apple plans to announce the products on its website with a "series of online videos and marketing campaigns." If this plan is accurate, we can expect the new products to be announced with press releases on the Apple Newsroom website. Gurman expects Apple to...
airpods pro 2 pink

Apple Releases New Beta Firmware for AirPods Pro 2

Thursday February 29, 2024 11:41 am PST by
Apple today introduced a new beta firmware update for the AirPods Pro 2, both the USB-C and Lightning versions. The new firmware is version 6E188, up from the prior 6B34 firmware released in December. Apple does not often provide details or notes on what features might be included in the refreshed firmware, so it is unclear what's new. Note that this software is limited to developers at the...