Apple co-founder launches Woz U for tech education

Apple co-founder launches Woz U for tech education

Woz U is meant to benefit both students and businesses alike, helping bring people into the workforce and providing a new source of trained tech workers for companies looking to hire.

Woz U offers online curriculum to educate computer support specialists and software developers.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak believes it's now too expensive to earn a degree in tech, and so he recently announced the opening of Woz U, an online university that aims to make tech education more affordable.

"Our goal is to educate and train people in employable digital skills without putting them into years of debt", Wozniak said in a prepared statement.

While the initiative is an online-only one for now, Woz says that the plan is to offer brick-and-mortar campuses in more than 30 cities across the USA and around the world ...

Wozniak said people often are afraid to choose a technology-based career because they think they can't do it. The website does not say. In addition, the school is launching Woz U Connect, a networking platform exclusive to its students and partners. The lifelong techie said he knows they can and he wants to show them how.

Steve Wozniak is a co-founder of Apple and, as of Friday, Woz U. Down the line, Woz U wants to offer one-on-one instruction to students and, later on, to offer its own accelerator program for prospective startup founders.

There are no pricing details on any of the existing or planned features.

The Woz U program could be bracing for that challenge, with plans to work directly with employers as clients, too.

Neither the announcement nor the website mention anything about accreditation, but the website says Woz U is considered part of the Southern Careers Institute and has established partnerships with universities, businesses, government agencies and non-profit organizations. So don't expect everything in Woz U to be free.