Skip to content

AI Discovery Work-Based Learning. Built by experts.

A done-for-you, hands-on program that reflects the demands of the modern workforce.

Launch your own AI Program

By clicking “Send” you agree to the Privacy Policy

AI is changing the job market

Are your students prepared?

$300B

predicted US AI market value by 2026

83%

of businesses claim that AI is a top priority

97M

people needed globally to fill AI roles by 2025

An Innovative AI Discovery Program

We've built an AI-focused syllabus designed to give young people the hands-on experience they need to learn to use AI tools responsibly and effectively, alongside AI professionals.

Fully managed by our dedicated Work-Based Learning Team, we take care of operations for school districts to help their students develop the work-based learning skills that get them college and career-ready.

Upcoming Programs:

ProgramDatesScheduleLocation

NYC AI Discovery

Feb 20 - 23, 2024

10AM - 3PM Daily

Brooklyn STEAM Center, Brooklyn, NYC

NYC AI Discovery

NYC AI Discovery

Feb 20 - 23, 2024

10AM - 3PM Daily

Brooklyn STEAM Center, Brooklyn, NYC

Give Your Scholars This Opportunity!

Fill out the form below and our NYC Program Manager Darren Sanchez will set up a meeting with you to get your students involved.

Darren Sanchez - NYC Program Manager

Results in Numbers

Taken from the student survey of our 2023 Cybersecurity Pathway.

100%

of students would recommend the cybersecurity pathway to others.

5/5

students gave our team full marks.

100%

found the daily curriculum engaging.

Bringing to AI What We've Already Achieved With Cyber

After running a successful Cybersecurity Pathway for the Brooklyn STEAM Center, NYC's innovation center for youth career exploration, we were asked to create an AI program built on the same principles.

Learn more about our cyber program below.

"The commitment of Work ED to customize experiential learning sets them in a league of their own as pioneers in work-centered education."

– Damiano Mastrandrea, Work-Based Learning Coordinator, Brooklyn STEAM Center

50students

Attended the Cyber Discovery Program

30students

Attended the Advanced Cybersecurity Program

10students

Attended the Pre-Apprenticeship Program

Ben Crenshaw - Head of Cyber Education
National Cyber Teacher of the year Nominee

Our fearless leader

Ben Crenshaw is a pioneer in bridging the gap between Cyber education and industry. As a high school cybersecurity teacher, he saw the vast reservoir of untapped potential and talent held back by inadequate resources and opportunities and was driven to do something about it—because he knows how badly the nation needs a dedicated new generation of cyber defenders.

Before moving into education, Ben honed his skills as a Senior Vulnerability Analyst at Oracle, a Fortune 500-listed company (and therefore a huge target for hackers). In this role, he worked to protect this crucial software company from ever-evolving digital threats and vulnerabilities, needing to stay ahead of attackers who work tirelessly to find new ways to break into digital systems. It's his mission to find and mentor the next generation of cyber talent that can stay one step ahead of the bad actors threatening America's digital infrastructure.

At Work ED, Ben is committed to creating pathways for students and facilitating their smooth transition from school to industry. Through robust partnerships, real-world exposure, and an emphasis on lifelong learning, Ben's mission is to advocate for students and prepare the next generation of cyber defenders.

AI Discovery Syllabus

20-Hour Schedule

  • Hours 1-2: Introduction to AI, ML, and DL

    • Overview of AI, ML, and Deep Learning (DL) (30 mins)

    • Historical Context and Recent Advancements in AI (30 mins)

    • The Future of AI: Emerging Trends, Continuous Learning Resources, and Career Pathways in AI (30 mins)

    • Industry Case Studies: Real-world AI Applications (30 mins)

  • Hours 3-4: AI and Industry

    • Real-world Applications of AI and ML (30 mins)

    • Key Terms and Jargon in the AI Field (30 mins)

    • Industry Workshop (1 hour)

  • Hours 5-6: Ethical Implications and Data Handling

    • Ethical Implications: Bias, Privacy, and Job Displacement (30 mins)

    • Group Discussion on Ethical Implications (30 mins)

    • Data Acquisition, Cleaning, and Preparation (1 hour)

  • Hours 7-9: AI Applications and Frameworks

    • Understand various use case AI applications such as ChatGPT, Midjourney, Google Teachable Machines, DataRobot, AWS Autopilot, and Vertex AI (1 hour)

    • Overview of AI/ML Frameworks and Platforms: GrokNet, Caffe, ONNX, TensorFlow, PyTorch, and Cloud-based ML Services (1 hour)

  • Hours 10-14: Industry AI Projects

    • Team Projects to Apply Learned Concepts on Real-world Data (4 hours)

  • Hour 15: Professional Development

    • Industry Presentation: Networking/Q&A and Career Advice(1 hour)

  • Hour 16-20: Capture the Flag

    • AI-inspired Capture the Flag Competition with Industry Professionals! (4 hours).

What Our Students Say About Us

  • "Thanks to these connections I've made, and the education I've got from my mentors in the past 6 weeks, I have narrowed down what I want from my field I'm chasing down, and also what I'm looking for in terms of what's surrounding me."

    Tyreese, Cyber Pathway Grad

  • "Everyone that was part of this apprenticeship was very nice to work with, the instructors were very informative, and they show a lot of passion for us and for the fields they're working in."

    Jodestee, Cyber Pathway Graduate

  • "It was really good, the mentors and the instructors, they were all very supportive of what we were doing and they made sure that they could help us in any way that they found possible."

    Fahim, Cyber Pathway Grad

  • “Having this group around me ... it was really fun and interactive. We went in and chose how to do a proper cybersecurity launch, what decisions you'd need to make so that a company wouldn't be attacked.”

    Daniella, Cyber Scholar

  • "Thanks to these connections I've made, and the education I've got from my mentors in the past 6 weeks, I have narrowed down what I want from my field I'm chasing down, and also what I'm looking for in terms of what's surrounding me."

    Tyreese, Cyber Pathway Grad

  • "Everyone that was part of this apprenticeship was very nice to work with, the instructors were very informative, and they show a lot of passion for us and for the fields they're working in."

    Jodestee, Cyber Pathway Graduate

  • "It was really good, the mentors and the instructors, they were all very supportive of what we were doing and they made sure that they could help us in any way that they found possible."

    Fahim, Cyber Pathway Grad

  • “Having this group around me ... it was really fun and interactive. We went in and chose how to do a proper cybersecurity launch, what decisions you'd need to make so that a company wouldn't be attacked.”

    Daniella, Cyber Scholar

Success Stories

How school districts have partnered with Work ED to deliver lasting success in their communities

  • FUSD Summer Camps, 2023

    Summer CampsFresno, California

    Learn how FUSD built on past Work ED programs to achieve fully-enrolled summer camps

    Read More