Long known for its innovations in the development of artificial intelligence applications, California-based Intel Corp. is taking its AI game to a new level — and metro Phoenix is ground zero.
With plans to create a pipeline of AI talent, Intel is teaming with Arizona's largest community college system to design an AI associate's degree program — making it the first Intel-designed AI associate degree program in the nation.
Gregory Bryant, executive vice president and general manager of Intel's Client Computing Group, told the Business Journal a new partnership with Maricopa County Community College District will help prepare Arizona's workforce for future AI jobs.
Intel has been in the metro Phoenix community for 40 years, making it a perfect launching pad for future AI associate degree programs across the country, Bryant said.
The community college district is expected to have all five courses deployed for the spring 2021 semester by January, said Steven Gonzales, interim chancellor for MCCCD.
The program will begin at two of MCCCD's 10 campuses on opposite ends of the Valley — Chandler Gilbert Community College and Estrella Mountain Community College.