Intel is partnering with Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) to launch the first Intel-designed artificial intelligence (AI) associate degree program in the United States. The Arizona Commerce Authority will also provide a workforce grant of $100,000 to support the program. It will enable tens of thousands of students to land careers in high-tech, healthcare, automotive, industrial and aerospace fields.
The Maricopa Community Colleges will launch the first two courses in the Artificial Intelligence & Machine-learning (AIM) program virtually as soon as Fall 2020. By January 2021, MCCCD plans to have all five courses deployed for the Spring 2021 semester. Students will be able to enroll in five AIM courses and earn a Certificate of Completion and Associate’s degree, equipping Maricopa County students with skills needed to enter the workforce.
The program enables students to develop traditional skills such as data collection, AI model training, coding, and exploring the societal impact of AI technology. Occupations currently requesting AI skills include business analyst, java developer, data engineer, marketing manager, health manager, engineer, product manager, developer, front end developer, architect, etc. Top employers requesting these skills include Intel, IBM, Wells Fargo, Deloitte, American Express, and others.