AI for Workforce Program in the US
Empowers students with the necessary AI skills for employability in the digital economy.
As part of Intel's Digital Readiness program portfolio, the program equips current and future workers with key skills related to Artificial Intelligence (AI). Intel collaborates with community college faculty by providing over 200 hours of AI content in a train the trainer model. Community colleges use this content to develop AI certificates, augment existing courses or launch full AI associate degree programs. AI for Workforce launched in the U.S. in 2020 through partnerships with governments and community colleges, 18 colleges in 11 states have been trained on the program as of June 2021.
AI for Workforce Program Goals
Empower the workforce with necessary AI skills for employability in the digital economy.
1. Gain Technical Confidence in AI
Equip the future workforce with the technical confidence to learn and apply AI skills independently.
2. Enhance Employability For AI-Related Jobs
Build necessary technology, career growth and social skills on AI for jobs ahead.
3. Produce Evidence For Employment
Demonstrate solutions through AI projects capturing industrial or social impact.
Why Implement AI for Workforce?
The Artificial Intelligence (AI) field is booming, and as a country, developing an AI workforce is critical to remaining globally competitive. Demand for AI skills is expected to grow exponentially over the next three years and drive a need for workers to learn new technical skills across industries. A 2021 survey of higher education educators and IT decision-makers found that 69% of all respondents sensed increasing demand from employers for graduates with AI technical skills.
- Despite the demand for AI instruction at community colleges, only 45% of respondents report that their school offers any AI technical course, certification or degree program.
- To elevate AI instruction, community college respondents indicated their institution would most benefit from greater industry support for professional development, followed by additional funding and support to acquire computing capabilities.
Who Can Participate?
- Designed for students from employability education institutions in the U.S. (e.g., community colleges, vocational schools).
- No prior tech or coding knowledge is needed — only foundational math skills.
- Students from all backgrounds are encouraged to join.
What Does Intel Provide?
- Over 200 hours of comprehensive, modular, experiential and flexible content, mappable to institutions' needs. Delivered as a train the trainer model for community college faculty.
- Applied AI domains in statistical data, natural language processing (NLP) and computer vision skills. Includes multiple industry use cases incorporating the latest technology trends and practical application projects.
- Ongoing peer support network for college faculty.
- AI Lab design and technology models: in-person, virtual and hybrid delivery.
Programming and coding, data science, computer vision, natural language processing, algorithmic and computational thinking with Intel technologies.
AI ethics and bias reduction, critical thinking, problem-solving, system mapping and solutions building, social and emotional skills.
Career Growth Skills
Career pathfinding skills, entrepreneurial mindset, design and systems thinking skills.