Woz U will start by offering courses for burgeoning computer support specialists and software developers but plans to expand with courses on apps, cybersecurity, and data science next year, Engadget reports.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak on Friday announced the formation of Woz U, an online learning platform created to teach people the skills needed to have a successful career in technology-based fields.
"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.
The career services division will provide interview exams, resume creation and critiques, and portfolio development "giving you the edge you need to succeed", the website says.
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". In addition, the school is launching Woz U Connect, a networking platform exclusive to its students and partners. Businesses can benefit from his "Woz U Enterprise" program, which helps companies train their employees to handle new technology.
With that in mind, here's hoping Woz U is the real deal.
There are no pricing details on any of the existing or planned features.
The initiative is part of Southern Careers Institute (SCI), a private, for-profit school with seven locations spread across Texas.
The Woz U program could be bracing for that challenge, with plans to work directly with employers as clients, too.
Headquartered in Arizona, Woz U courses will take place online and will largely be video-based with "live access to instructors and student mentors", the program's website reads.