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Intel, Dell bring "AI for Workforce" program to 18 community colleges

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Intel on Tuesday announced that it's partnering with Dell Technologies to expand its AI for Workforce Program, which helps community colleges develop AI certificates, augment existing courses or launch full AI associate degree programs. With Dell providing technical and infrastructure expertise, the program will expand to 18 schools across 11 states. The program is designed to help students gain the skills they need to fill the growing number of jobs related to AI. Intel helps community colleges develop courses on a range of topics, including data collection, computer vision, AI model training, coding, and the societal impacts and ethics of AI technology. "The next-generation workforce will need skills and training in AI to develop solutions to the world's greatest challenges, and community colleges play a huge role in unleashing innovative thinking," Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger said in a statement.


Intel aims to bring AI education to community colleges

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The AI and ML deployments are well underway, but for CXOs the biggest issue will be managing these initiatives, and figuring out where the data science team fits in and what algorithms to buy versus build. Intel is aiming to bring artificial intelligence curriculum to community college via an associate degree program in Tempe, Arizona. The chip giant designed an associate degree program for Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) based in Tempe, Arizona. The Arizona Commerce Authority provided a workforce grant of $100,000 to support the program. Intel's effort is notable since it is democratizing AI in the higher educational ranks.


Intel, Dell and community colleges plan 10 AI labs with $400,000 in grant money

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Intel, Dell and the American Association of Community Colleges launched the AI Incubator Network, which will build labs at 10 colleges around the U.S. Colleges can apply for $10,000 each to equip the physical lab and build artificial intelligence training programs. Applications are due Feb. 25. Michelle Johnston Holthaus, executive vice president and general manager at Intel, said in a press release that this specialized program is a starting point for the next generation of U.S. technologists, engineers and inventors. This latest workforce development project is part of Intel's AI for Workforce program that launched last year. Brian Gonzalez, executive director of government, partnerships and initiatives at Intel, said the new program makes AI accessible to novice learners.


AACE, Dell, and Intel Launch Artificial Intelligence Incubators - RTInsights

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The partnership will create a consortium offering support and infrastructure so that community college students can receive artificial intelligence training affordably and with fewer barriers. Intel and Dell have partnered with the American Association of Community Colleges to launch artificial intelligence incubators throughout the country. The 18-month initiative will utilize the expertise of both companies along with the knowledge and industry connections of the nation's community colleges. Because the demand for training in AI far outstrips higher education supply, community colleges could provide a critical link in the talent pipeline. The partnership will create a consortium offering support and infrastructure so that students can receive instruction affordably and with fewer barriers.


Colleges and institutions need to pick up the pace to meet AI skills demand

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Today's digital world has created a booming demand for new skills, including the technical knowledge to develop artificial intelligence (AI) tools as well as the aptitude to apply and use AI in the workplace. But a new survey of higher education officials suggests that demand for AI training is outpacing supply and the current ability of higher education institutions to meet that demand. The study, which polled 246 prequalified higher education administrators, educators and IT decision makers from a mix of community colleges, four-year colleges and vocational schools, also suggests that while higher education officials recognize the growing demand for AI instruction, 52% of them say they are struggling to attract instructors to teach AI courses. One reason is that the demand for AI subject matter experts -- and what companies are willing to pay them -- is so high in the commercial sector that schools are having a hard time competing for talent. But the study, conducted in April/May 2021 by EdScoop and underwritten by Dell Technologies and Intel, also found college officials face a variety of other challenges.