Microsoft is partnering with French online education platform OpenClassrooms to train and recruit promising students in AI and prepare them for the workplace.
OpenClassrooms, a massive open online course (MOOC) platform, offers courses ranging from programming and project management to product design. The company has raised north of $60 million since its inception in 2007.
Through the partnership, OpenClassrooms will construct programs based on Microsoft's content and project-specific tasks—these are designed to fill the types of AI roles that are in demand. Though it's reasonable to assume Microsoft is a potential suitor for future graduates, the scope of the program is broader than that—those who complete the master's-level course will be given access to a range of employers with AI positions to fill.
OpenClassrooms will recruit around 1,000 AI candidates from across the U.S., U.K., and France. It's worth noting here that the company's diploma is only accredited in Europe for now, though it is seeking accreditation for the U.S. and U.K. Students are also promised a refund if they don't find a job within six months of qualifying.
Students will be able to apply through OpenClassrooms' website later this fall. Specialists will screen potential candidates.
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