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Apple co-founder’s Scottsdale training program to give up Arizona license

Co-founder of Apple Steve Wozniak addresses the audience during Science Channel's "Silicon Valley: The Untold Story" Screening at Computer History Museum on January 17, 2018 in Mountain View, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images for Discovery)

PHOENIX — The technical education program launched in Scottsdale by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has agreed to give up its Arizona license next year.

According to a Woz U press release, the license only affected the company’s direct training program. A company spokeswoman told KTAR News 92.3 FM that program was a “very small portion of the business” that stopped enrolling new students in December.

Woz U, which began operating in 2017, said it will continue to work on curricula and its Online Program Management platform, which offers training in software development, data science and cybersecurity.

According to a consent agreement with the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education signed last week, the company will give up its license on or before May 1, giving students enrolled in previous programs time to graduate.

The board had concerns with the company’s financial responsibility and management capability, according to the agreement, and determined that it was not eligible for a license renewal.

The agreement states that Woz U is allowed to continue with its online programs that do not need a license, and it may reapply for a license in the future.

A WozU spokeswoman said in a statement Monday that the company disagrees with the board’s decision.

“While our unique and transforming Education-as-a-Service (EaaS) business model does not rely on having an Arizona postsecondary license, we do not agree with the reasons the Board cited in their decision not to renew,” the statement read.

“By focusing on a perceived ownership issue separate from Woz U’s business operations, the Board overlooked our many accomplishments in advancing the careers of individuals to meet the ever-growing employment demands of Arizona’s technology industry.”

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