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Apparently, Steve Wozniak’s $13,200 coding bootcamp isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be

Apparently, Steve Wozniak’s $13,200 coding bootcamp isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be

Students are paying thousands for Steve Wozniak’s online bootcamp Woz U, only to find a variety of errors and Wikipedia links

While nearly everyone has heard of Apple’s Steve Jobs, only some may know the story behind the other Apple Co-founder, Steve Wozniak. Wozniak was the guy who was the inventor and engineer behind the tech giant at its early stages, while Jobs was undoubtedly the salesman that helped build the company into what it is has become today.

 A picture of Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak from 2010 Apple Event. Photo courtesy of Apple.

A picture of Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak from 2010 Apple Event. Photo courtesy of Apple.

Last fall, Wozniak launched a coding bootcamp called Woz U, which you would think would be an amazing learning experience, given Woz’s profound knowledge of coding and building awesome gadgets. But according to reports from CBS News, the bootcamp has been anything but a magical learning experience. Students have said that the $13,200, 33-week program was filled with sloppy errors, pre-recorded videos and even hyperlinks to Wikipedia.

Although the program was intended to help people expand their knowledge in "software development, cybersecurity, and data science," it turns out that Wozniak doesn’t even oversee any of the day-to-day operations of the company. While Woz U president Chris Coleman understands that there are flaws in the curriculum, he has promised that the company has recently implemented a “quality control system” that aims to find and catch any errors found in each course.

 Photo courtesy of Woz U

Photo courtesy of Woz U

And it’s not like Woz U is the only online institution that offers coding classes. New York's General Assembly and Udacity are both Woz U competitors that are each valued over $400 million. According to its website, Woz U is set to begin classes on October 15. We’ll just have to wait and see what students have to say about the next round of classes.

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