A new artificial intelligence (AI) incubator makes the workforce more accessible

New AI incubator supports workforce development

Maricopa County, Arizona, program aims to teach American workers new skills and make artificial intelligence more accessible

Intel and Arizona’s Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) have announced a new artificial intelligence (AI) incubator lab for students aspiring to land jobs in areas ranging from business to nursing to healthcare — and other professions that increasingly draw on AI technology. The new AI incubator lab in Arizona, and the associate degree program it supports, is the first of its kind in the U.S.

The AI incubator lab builds on Intel’s AI for Workforce program launched in 2020 at schools across the U.S., with the Maricopa district being the first to enroll students.

The new lab at Chandler Gilbert Community College opens its doors with $60,000 worth of Intel-based leading platforms including workstations and open-source Intel AI software tools. It will support courses that include Introduction to Machine Learning, AI for Computer Vision, Natural Language Processing and AI for Business. The incubator lab is now open to the 200 Chandler Gilbert Community College students currently enrolled in that program.

“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,” said MCCCD Chancellor Steven Gonzales. “This lab is critical to providing the necessary tools for their education, and we are appreciative of Intel, Dell and the State of Arizona for the designated space so our faculty and students can thrive.”

Laura Ascione