Woz U

Steve Wozniak's new tech education platform

#3 Product of the WeekOctober 13, 2017
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Woz U is specialized in technology and career-based programs designed to get people into the workforce quickly and affordably. Inspired by the co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak.

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Woz U's focus is on making tech education affordable. From @stevewoz: "Our goal is to educate and train people in employable digital skills without putting them into years of debt" I'm curious how this is different from Codecademy, Udemy, Skillshare, Treehouse, and many other incumbents.
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@stevewoz @rrhoover IMHO, it's the packaging. You could find all the components on all the sites you named, but Woz puts it into a package like a bootcamp. https://avant.looker.com/looks/2... There's a certain level of trust built up when you can see how all the components tie together to achieve a result (ah yes, I see how all these skills add up to be a strong foundation to be a programmer. It's not just learning Ruby or X software). I think Treehouse is the closest thing from the incumbent list you named. But even then, the objectives are "build a website", or "learn Ruby", vs "get a career as a software developer" in Woz's site. Also Woz's site includes curriculum to become a computer support specialist, which is something I haven't seen too much of. Most online education has been focused on programming, design, or data science. Curiously the Woz site doesn't talk about how long it takes for students to get thru program, or even estimates. That worries me a bit. At least Treehouse mentions it's 6-12 months for students putting in several hours per day. Also no pricing also worries me a bit.
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@stevewoz @rrhoover very interesting indeed. My guess would be that their courses are more similar to traditional CS degree. I've done Codecademy courses myself and they only give you the basic understanding.
@stevewoz @rrhoover @cbenkendorf it says the whole course takes 33 weeks (their about page).
@rrhoover I think the “assessment” piece kinda differentiates this a little. None of the other platforms assess where you are currently at before suggesting courses to take next right when you sign up. That and Woz is involved!
@stevewoz @rrhoover @cbenkendorf You're right, it's packaging, or more accurately a repackaging of SCI's online program: http://www.scitexas.edu/programs... https://woz-u.com/curriculum-sof...

This is super, crazy, disappointing. @stevewoz? You believe in 'redefining' education and you essentially give you name to SCI? "Inspired by" isn't you doing much beyond lending your name. Trump Steaks would be a bit much of a comparison, but gezz, after all these years, this is the best you can do? No pricing? People cold calling me? Really? Disappointing...

Pros:

Another Educational opportunity

Cons:

This is linked to Southern Careers Institute who is going to call you and press you to sign up.

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Hi Rick, We set a high standard for ourselves, and we’re so sorry to hear this was not met in your interaction with our business. We are indeed affiliated with Steve Wozniak and work with him to provide affordable and innovative tech education. This includes our efforts in K-12 schools http://www.wozueducation.com as well as our boot camp style platforms. You can find more information about us and Steve Wozniak here https://woz-u.com/

This program is not a new product developed by Woz and team. It appears to be a licensing gimmick with http://www.scitexas.edu/ which, no one here would be up-voting and signing up for a software dev course from that website.

Do your research before you give your phone number to scam artists.

Pros:

None, nothing new/unique

Cons:

Does not appear to actual involve Woz in any way, just his name.

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Hi Erik, Thank you for posting a review and we’re sorry to hear that your experience was not of the quality you expected. We are indeed affiliated with Steve Wozniak and work with him to provide affordable and innovative tech education. This includes our efforts in K-12 schools http://www.wozueducation.com as well as our boot camp style platforms. You can find more information about us and Steve Wozniak here https://woz-u.com/
it says "part of SCI" on the footer, which links to http://www.scitexas.edu/ suddenly this looks really cheap licensing of Woz picture on the front to sell traditional online courses...
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@michaelohana @productpearson Hi Mike, I see the confusion with thinking Woz U is a part of SCI! I work for Woz U and would like to help clear this up :) SCI, along with many other schools such as Bethel Tech and NJIT, partner with us to gain access to our curriculum. Although SCI is our partner through our Education as a Service model (EaaS), we are our own entity and not owned by any other school.

Looks scammy

Pros:

None

Cons:

Sounds like just using the Woz name. What will this cost people?

They said it is over $14k.
Hi Yadi, We are indeed affiliated with Steve Wozniak and work with him to provide affordable and innovative tech education. This includes our efforts in K-12 schools http://www.wozueducation.com as well as our boot camp style platforms. You can find more information about us and Steve Wozniak here https://woz-u.com/