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Intel expands AI education program

Intel announced earlier this month plans to expand an artificial intelligence education program to community colleges in 11 states that’s designed to accelerate associate degree and certificate programs in the high-demand technology. The software company announced it’s adding 17 community colleges to the program in 2021 and plans to add more than 50 additional colleges next year. Intel executive Carlos Contreras told EdScoop though some community colleges are already developing courses for AI basics, Intel can assist through training instructors and offering pre-designed content on coding and industry use cases. Emily Bamforth has the story.

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U. Wisconsin president says updating outdated computer system is top priority

The University of Wisconsin system’s interim president told local media that before he leaves his position he wants to finish transforming the institution’s “archaic computer system.” Tommy Thompson, a former Wisconsin governor and health secretary under George W. Bush, last week said it’s not “in the cards” to serve permanently as president. Rather, he said, his focus is on updating the university system’s finance and human resource management and systems, a plan years in the making. To run a system of UW’s size, with 13 universities and 26 campuses, computer systems need to have modern capabilities and implement cloud-based solutions, Thompson said. Emily has it.

U. Tennessee's 5G network will support farming technology research

An administrator at the University of Tennessee told EdScoop the institution’s current roll-out of a 5G network will enable research for rural areas, like soil-monitoring from drones, as well as classroom applications. The Knoxville university announced a partnership earlier this month with AT&T to build a 5G wireless network on its campus. Leaders said they plan to use 5G to support both research and instruction, starting with buildings in university’s research park, Cherokee Farm, and with limited outdoor access. Check out the full story on Edscoop.

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