Woz U

Steve Wozniak's new tech education platform

3.1/5
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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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51 Reviews3.1/5

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/

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/

I was interested in signing up with these guys and went through the application process. It was a pretty relaxed application process and I got accepted within the first phone call. I was a bit sketched out about how fast they wanted me to sign up and pay. They kepy saying the class started Oct 30 when that was two weeks away and I should pay soon etc. I eventually just stopped accepting calls because they would call me at work (I work nights and specifically said don't call that time.) Did further research and found out they where cold calling veterans trying to get them to sign up. Thanks but after all that I'm ok.

Pros:

Didn't really have any

Cons:

Uses Woz's name thats it, cold calls you twice a day pressuring for decision

Hi Christopher, Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention. I’m very sorry we failed to meet your expectations. We will use the feedback to make us better and to ensure this doesn’t happen again. Again, we apologize that our service did not satisfy your expectations.

- Website name has a dash =) Really?

- No association with Wozniak apart from first three letters of the last name

- Expensive

- Poor mobile app (iphone only, not even universal)

- They said that I can only fill out an application over the phone with the same rep that called me, who then asked for my name, address, phone and Social Security Number. =) Claiming that the SSN is required for FAFSA and that I have to disclose it over the phone in order to see, if I qualify for the financial aid. REALLY?

At this point, I hope that it is just another bootcamp, and not some sort of bigger scam.

It did get a lot of press coverage, so I would think that a lot of people will show interest. But giving my full information to some guy over the phone having all of the above on the back of my mind makes me wonder.

Pros:

Not sure

Cons:

Looks like another way of selling a dying down interest in bootcamps

Hi Sasha, 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/ Our online courses are instructor-led and offer personal mentor support for each student. Our prices are competitive with schools nationwide and we believe our lifetime commitment to our students adds value. Woz U graduates receive free lifetime continuing education and career services to ensure their long-term success.

Is this the Trump University of bootcamps? There little transparency on WHAT this exactly is.

Pros:

Not sure. Doesn't give any demos

Cons:

Asks for phone number. Doesn't allow you to log in immediately. Not transparent on pricing or if it's free.

Hi Anthony, We always aim to deliver a great experience. We are gutted when we miss the mark! Thanks for taking the time to bring this to our attention. We will use the feedback to make us better, more transparent and to ensure this doesn’t happen again.

Looked through uninformative Website.

I was extremely surprised Wozniak put his name on something so anti-tech.

Pros:

Nothing

Cons:

Missing PHP. Missing Perl. Missing *NIX

Hi Richard, Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We’re sorry you had a bad experience on our website, since then we have made big updates! Check us out at https://woz-u.com/

I'm always looking for more ways to learn, so I eagerly downloaded this when I got the Product Hunt email about it.

Went to sign up with email/password, and right away: there are hidden password restrictions. It says "must be at least 6 characters with one capital letter and one number", so a long 1Password random-word-string won't work, but I used a 32-character generated 1Password random string, and the fields stayed red. After a bunch of trial and error, I discovered that there's a max of 15 characters. Why 15? Who knows? Why not tell the user why the password is invalid? Who also knows?

Then I did the Evaluation, which was intriguing and I was excited to see what it told me, but the (I assume) final screen simply says "Please enter your phone number so we may contact you about scholarships and additional free learning material." There's one form field, and a grayed-out submit button. No way to opt out or not provide phone number. No way to continue without giving it or agreeing to what are clearly spam phone calls. My phone is constantly getting unwanted calls already, so I'm not interested in giving it out with the expressed intent of increasing that volume.

That's when I came back here and discovered the other reviews. I guess I don't know a ton about what Woz has been up to lately, but I'm surprised he would put his name and likeness on this.

Pros:

None that I could find. Presumably aims to educate people?

Cons:

Terrible signup experience; possibly a scam?

Hi Ben, We apologize. Please know that your situation was an exception. As you can see on other reviews, we are known for taking ownership and caring deeply about our customers. We can’t fix the past but you have our personal commitment to improve the way our staff serves every customer. Until then, please accept our sincerest apologies on behalf of everyone on the team.

I haven't been to any of the online classes but I downloaded and installed the app from the app store. It turns out i'm supposed to be a developer!

Pros:

fun times

Cons:

not sure

Hi Hunter! We are so grateful for your kind words. Thanks for sharing your review with us and the community!

I originally signed up with Woz for full stack development with a focus on Ruby on Rails. My biggest problem with Woz is that I signed up for Ruby but I was placed unknowingly into Javascript with no consent on my end or notification. The mentors and/or other staff i spoke with about this during my time essentially told me to shove it when I approached them regarding this issue. The content was decent. I felt that they threw the code at us not caring if we understood what was going on. I feel like I spent 33+ weeks to learn how to code and spent 7+ grand on it when googling would have been better. Other than weekly meetings with your mentor it was like pulling teeth to get mentors help when i started. Now this did improve towards the end with Woz tenfold. Another problem I had was they referenced wikipedia multiple times. It seemed like the content was written with 1 persons learning style in mind. I also graduated with a 3.7 gpa? somewhere around there and I can tell you right now I am not anywhere close to being a professional dev as I didn't retain as much as the information as I really felt i should have. If i was given the chance to go back I would have taken the free alternative of freecodecamp over anything woz has to offer. That being said I do think they have the potential to be the best paid code camp out there. There just has to be tweeks from top to bottom.

Pros:

It was online which was nice

Cons:

see the tell us more box

I enjoyed my time in the program. It was harder then i thought, but I learned more then I thought I would.

Pros:

I had a mentor that I spoke with each week. Learned more then when I did free courses online.

Cons:

Not for everybody. Had to spend 15 to 20 hours a week learning subjects and doing projects.

Make sure to build a tight relationship with your mentor and ambassador

Pros:

I’m currently in the program and my experience has been great so far, my mentor has been a huge help

Cons:

It’s a time commitment for sure, be ready to work hard as some of the classes are challenging.

I was poached at my part-time retail job working at GameStop by a boy who was a recruiter from Coder Camps (at the time before they changed their name). He would call me almost everyday in an attempt to befriend me and ask me how things were going with me. Due to my incompetence at the time, I didn't do my full research on Coder Camp/ Woz-U and fell for the whole presentation of becoming a web developer and how much I could potentially make as a web developer. When I started the program I, my mentor was an amazing woman who genuinely cared for my success in the program, but didn't have much time to mentor with me unfortunately. The earlier modules as far as HTML, CSS and JavaScript were fine, but as I started moving deeper into new material such as JQuery, AJAX, REACT etc. I started to struggle, and when asked by my mentor if i would like to move on, I was told her "no" because I felt i wasn't ready to move on and thats when I learned that I had been failed from that module and that I had a time limit to learn each module. The 33 week time limit because a burdening, significant factor to the progress of the completing the program. You start to pay less attention to actually LEARNING the material and more attention to getting something turned in on time. A lot of the modules had misspellings, a lot of the directions that you followed would give you errors as you followed along. Looking back at it now I should've done more research on Woz-U before jumping head first into the program.

Pros:

I met some amazing people and made some lasting friendships.

Cons:

Based on the material provided, I felt less than confident about venturing out into the world with the title of Jr. Full Stack Developer.