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WilmU Gains Edge in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

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Wilmington University is on the cutting edge in computer science, part of an elite group of institutions in the Amazon Artificial Intelligence (AI) / Machine Learning Educator program.

Jodee Vallone

Jodee Vallone

“These transformational technologies are very fast moving, and there’s a huge demand for people with machine-learning and computer science skills,” says Jodee Vallone, assistant chair of Computer Science in the College of Technology. “We are excited to be part of a community of learners in which we have early access to education we might not have otherwise.”

Through the AWS (Amazon Web Service) Machine Learning University, WilmU faculty will receive free training and advice, with the option of curriculum with ready-to-use education tools. Students can receive AWS certification in machine learning, a significant boost in the job market.

Computer science is a growing field, expected to grow 13 percent through 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The College of Technology is actively recruiting adjuncts to meet the demand. Currently, more than 40 educators, including adjuncts, teach more than 1,000 computer science students at WilmU; 30 percent of those students are women, compared to the national average of more than 15 percent.

“These transformational technologies are very fast moving, and there’s a huge demand for people with machine-learning and computer science skills.”  — Jodee Vallone

“Diversity is a key need in computer science and technology and one of the things Amazon is looking for,” Vallone says. “It’s exciting to be on the cutting edge of this tech revolution.”

WilmU is already an education partner with Amazon, providing hourly distribution center employees with access to over 150 certificate, associate, and bachelor degree programs.

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