Global semiconductor manufacturing giant Intel partners with Arizona’s Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) to launch its new one-of-a-kind artificial intelligence (AI) incubator lab in the Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC).
MCCCD partnered with Intel, Dell, and the state of Arizona to come up with this artificial intelligence incubator lab.
The newly launched AI incubator lab will considerably help students seeking to work in fields such as business, nursing, and healthcare, along with other professions that increasingly use artificial intelligence technology.
In addition to an AI curriculum, technical advice, and faculty training, Intel provided CGCC with a technology grant that allowed the community college to purchase $60 thousand in cutting-edge lab equipment, including state-of-the-art workstations, monitors, and open-source Intel AI software tools to implement new AI technology.
Chancellor of MCCCD, Steven Gonzales, said, “Within the last two years, we have been able to see our students gain new AI skills, and we are proud to have our first graduating class from the AI program this spring.”
He further added that this lab is crucial in providing the resources they need for their education, and they are grateful to Intel, Dell, and the State of Arizona for giving the designated area so that their professors and students may succeed.
The AI incubator lab draws on Intel’s AI for Workforce initiative, which began enrolling kids in schools across the United States in 2020, with the Maricopa district being the first to do so. The novel program allows students to gain skills like data collection, AI model training, coding, and investigating the societal impact of AI technology.
This collaboration and initiative of Intel is a step towards the company’s aim of helping Americans learn new skills, promote diversity and inclusion, and democratize future technologies like artificial intelligence.
According to Intel, it plans to make this unique program available in 50 states across the United States by 2023.
“We are grateful for our partners, including Maricopa County Community College District, Dell, and the State of Arizona, for joining with us to help increase the digital readiness of our future workforces,” said Intel executive vice president and general manager of the Client Computing Group, Michelle Johnston Holthaus.