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Apple is a name to reckon with in the tech world today. Their products are testimonial of quality, class, style and performance all packed into one sleek design. While we all know its founder Steve Jobs well enough, do you know there was another Steve who worked hard to get the Apple name where it is now. Yes, we’re talking about Steve Wozniak.

While Jobs went on to become the public face and showman of the company, Wozniak presumed the role of being the geek-behind-the-scenes. After building some of the most popular products for the company, the Silicon Valley legend left Apple on February 9, 1985 as a full-time employee to pursue outside interests. The week saw Wozniak launching his latest initiative, an online learning platform called Woz U.

Based out of Arizona, Woz U will initially start as an online learning platform that will focus on both students and companies that will eventually hire those students. Eventually, Wozniak aims to launch physical locations for learning in more than 30 cities globally. It also plans on introducing an accelerator program in 2019 “to identify and develop elite tech talent”.

The platform’s main aim is to provide you a personalized approach to coding and tech education designed to get you through the curriculum faster so that you can get into the workforce quicker, and start changing the world.

Woz U’s curriculum is mainly centred around computer support specialists and software developers, with well structured courses on mobile applications, data science and cyber security coming in the future.

Understanding the difficulty people face when choosing their curriculum, Woz U will offer its users an app which will help them understand which field of tech they’re best suited for, so that they can make their choice accordingly.

Commenting on his new initiative, Wozniak said, “Our goal is to educate and train people in employable digital skills without putting them into years of debt. 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. My entire life I have worked to build, develop and create a better world through technology and I have always respected education. Now is the time for Woz U, and we are only getting started.”

In addition to being an education platform, Woz U will also function as a platform for tech firms to recruit, train and retain talent through on-site customized programs and subscription-based curricula. It will also have a special platform for K-12 students, which will be especially made available to school districts, that will be offering STEAM programs to identify talent and encourage such individuals them to pursue a career in tech.

Students have 24/7 access to online programs with live access to instructors and mentors, high-quality video-based curriculum, and comprehensive career services. Their online program also offers flexibility for those currently working full-time, traveling or simply in need of a more adaptive approach to learning.

As of now, there’s no information on pricing for the different platforms and courses.

This development was first reported in Techcrunch.

[Image: Venture Beat]

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