Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Lends Nickname to New 'Woz U' Online Institute Offering Coding Lessons

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.


    "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.

    Article Link: Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Lends Nickname to New 'Woz U' Online Institute Offering Coding Lessons
  2. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
    I'm sure he'll use this position to slam Apple in some way or another.
  3. adamjackson macrumors 68000

    Jul 9, 2008
    Not the first time...his startup 20 years ago was called "Wheels of Zeus" aka WOZ.
  4. heov macrumors regular

    Aug 16, 2002
    Hmm... Washington State's nickname is "Wazzu".
  5. Autrement macrumors regular

    Mar 7, 2012
    Wasn't he a college dropout?
    Not that he should have stayed, but that "respected education" line just sounds weird.
  6. aidler macrumors regular

    Jun 18, 2009
    Why are you using a black and white pictures? For a second my heart stopped and I was thinking he died.
  7. Craiger macrumors 6502a


    Jul 11, 2007
  8. joueboy macrumors 68000

    Jul 3, 2008
    In his book, he back to school after the plain crash incident. But he went back to school with a different name.
  9. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    I know very little of him, looks like a nice guy if you just look at the picture above.
  10. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    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.
  11. 69Mustang macrumors 604


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
  12. DrMotownMac macrumors 6502


    Jul 11, 2008
    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!
  13. K. Bayquoi, Oct 13, 2017
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    K. Bayquoi macrumors newbie

    K. Bayquoi

    Sep 8, 2016
    I believe(from everything I have seen about Woz) he is very honest, straight forward kind of guy, and suspect he has thoroughly vetted this company in order to put his name on it. (and hope this does not turn out to be a scam, like Trump U.). As a retired computer engineer, myself, I know this is a field that offers lots of potential, and offers great career opportunities, going forward. I applaud his efforts and hope this to be, very successful, in recruiting much needed new people into this field.
  14. Kajje macrumors 6502a


    Dec 6, 2012
    Today it's a hardware guy giving his name to a coding school. Tomorrow it's Michael Jackson lending his name to an eldery nursing home.
  15. WWPD macrumors regular


    Aug 21, 2015
    Ten Forward
  16. whyamihere macrumors 6502


    Jun 30, 2008
    This reads like a bad infomercial. Not surprising from a for-profit school no one has heard of. Gotta say, didn't expect this of Woz. His legacy demands better.
  17. SigEp265 macrumors 6502


    Dec 15, 2011
    Southern California
  18. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

    Oct 13, 2008
  19. BeefCake 15 macrumors 65816

    BeefCake 15

    May 15, 2015
    near Boston, MA
    He spoke his mind about their decisions doesn't mean he's slamming Apple, they need shots of reality sometimes instead of just continuous clapping...

    I enjoyed and learned more on what I studied after College than during tbh.
  20. cfurlin macrumors 6502


    Jun 14, 2011
    ‘Respected’ as a verb, not an adjective.

    Not all education comes from school.
  21. joueboy macrumors 68000

    Jul 3, 2008
    Wow! This is gold! Thanks!
  22. Urban Joe Suspended

    Mar 19, 2012
    What a fitting legacy by the man who made Apple possible. I hope he does a bang up job and really gives people a viable alternative to the traditional CS programs which have devolved, in many cases, into worthless rackets.
  23. Doc C macrumors regular

    Nov 5, 2013
    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]
  24. Shaun, UK Suspended

    Shaun, UK

    Mar 23, 2006
    Good for you Woz. Putting something back into society.

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