Categories: Spotlights
14 November, 2018
by Nicole Nelson
Content Marketing Manager
Meet the first cohort of students from Cuttington University powered by Woz U!

In July 2017, Woz U partnered with Cuttington University to bring tech education to students in Liberia, West Africa. This past November, Cuttington University powered by Woz U graduated its first cohort of Full Stack Software Developer students!

John Bernard, Director of International Business Development at Woz U, drove the creation of this partnership. Originally from Liberia, John wanted to give back and found the perfect opportunity to do so at Woz U. On top of giving back to Liberia, JB has a desire for Woz U to have a positive global impact.

“I am originally from Liberia, West Africa and I have always wanted an opportunity to give back to Liberia. When the decision was made to explore international partnerships, I started talking to colleges and universities across West Africa. I met the president of Cuttington, Dr. Herman Browne in Washington DC in early 2017, and the rest of the story is still being written.” – John Bernard


John Bernard and instructor Ken at graduation

John Bernard and instructor Ken at graduation

Full Stack Software Developer classroom at Cuttington university

Full Stack Software Developer classroom at Cuttington university


While John traveled back and fourth between the US and West Africa to make this deal possible, another team member, Mr. Kenyada Ijiwoye, simply bought a one way ticket to Liberia from Phoenix. Also known as Ken, Mr. Kenyada moved from Phoenix to Liberia to teach this course. Ken was a recent Woz U graduate with previous experience in software development when the international instructor position opened up. After applying to teach abroad, the Woz U team was quick to select him and start training coders across the globe.


Fast forward to November 2018 and we now see the first round of graduates from Cuttington University powered by Woz U.
Their program was six months long and consisted of 4 hours of in-class instruction 5 days a week.
For their final project, they built a portal that automates the entrance examination process for candidates applying to Cuttington University at the request of the President of the University.

cuttington university registration project

Screenshot of the final project created by the graduates












Upon graduation, the University is hiring three of the graduates to continue this project while two more have been accepted as interns at a local software developer company.
Cuttington University is set to start a new cohort of Software Developer students on November 26th and is excited to continue this partnership with Woz U in 2019.
With the goal of expanding Woz U’s international impact, John Bernard has also began partnerships with K-12 schools and Universities in Nigeria.

View the video below to meet the first cohort of students and learn more about Cuttington University powered by Woz U!

Don't miss these highlights:

“Before coming to the program, I did not have any idea about coding. Therefore, I did not know what it meant to code, I did not know how large a computer was.” - Joshsua, Cuttington University powered by Woz U Alumnus

“When we got into JavaScript, things got a bit more complicated. But I have to say, as it got more complicated, it also got more interesting.” - Elizabeth, Cuttington University powered by Woz U Alumnus

“It helped me to have gone through the program. After that, I believe that now, within myself, I can build a website. Which I couldn’t do before.” - Ezekiel, Cuttington University powered by Woz U Alumnus

“At the end of the program I was also able to gain immense knowledge of what programming is all about.” - Elizabth, Cuttington University powered by Woz U Alumnus

Nicole Nelson

Nicole is Woz U’s social media and content manager who loves to build communities and break though barriers to find common ground. After graduating college, Nicole joined Woz U as an intern and quickly rose up in the ranks to become the voice of the brand on social. When she’s not documenting Woz U’s Demo Day, you can find her cheering on her local soccer team or getting her ‘zen' on practicing yoga.

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