As Ben Franklin once said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” Education is never a bad decision. Maybe that is why the news that 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, made us a little excited. This news came to us from Enterprise AI in their article, “Intel Launches First Artificial Intelligence Associate Degree Program.”

The AI program consists of courses that have been developed by MCCCD’s faculty and Intel leaders based on Intel software and tools such as the Intel Distribution of OpenVINO Toolkit and Intel Python.

Students will learn fundamental skills such as data collection, AI model training, coding and exploration of AI technology’s societal impact. The program includes a social impact AI project that is developed with guidance from teachers and Intel mentors. Upon completion, MCCCD will offer an associate degree in AI that can be transferred to a four-year college.

It will enable tens of thousands of students to land careers in high-tech, healthcare, automotive, industrial and aerospace fields.

Melody K. Smith

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