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Prepare your students for a career in quantum computing

February 26, 2024
Written by
Mick Conroy
Mick Conroy

Quantum computing is poised to transform industries from finance to pharma, logistics to machine learning, and more. Quantum education and workforce development is a major priority for governments and industry alike. However, building a quantum curriculum has been out of reach for all but a narrow set of researchers. It doesn’t have to be this way!

The early opportunity for quantum computing

The Boston Consulting Group has forecast that quantum computing represents an $850Bn opportunity, with 90% of that value going to early adopters who already have the skills and knowledge to take advantage. At Q-CTRL, we are seeing the demand from those early adopters right now.

Students across K-12 schools, colleges, universities, and flexible learning institutions are already clamoring to learn about quantum computing, eager to understand how this new technology works, and how it might shape their future careers.

Bridging the quantum education skills gap

Organizations and governments are already starting to build quantum-ready teams to take advantage as quantum technology spreads and matures. But there isn’t enough “quantum-literate” talent to bridge the expectation gap between the offerings coming along and what employers require.

The challenge has been how to connect the demand from both students and industry by equipping educational institutions with the tools and material to roll out a quantum curriculum, something that has typically been out of reach for all but a handful of institutions lucky enough to have leading quantum experts already on staff.

Supercharge your quantum computing curriculum

Black Opal for Educators seeks to remove this barrier by enabling absolutely anyone to learn or teach quantum computing. Black Opal meets the increasing demand for quantum literacy with an industry-leading interactive quantum education platform for educators and enterprises.

From discovering the potential applications of quantum computing to understanding the basics of quantum physics like Superposition, Qubits, and Entanglement, learners who complete all modules will be equipped with the skills to program a real quantum computer! Black Opal for Educators also includes exclusive content and administrator tools that enable management and customization of the course to the needs of any quantum education program.

Since we launched Black Opal back in November 2021, more than 14,000 learners around the world have completed their quantum computing journey, and we’d love for you to join us! We're also humbled that Black Opal is a finalist for the 2023 SIIA CODiE Award for the Best Upskilling/ Workforce Learning Solution.

If you’re an educator seeking to prepare your students for the quantum future, join our Meet Up at SXSW EDU in Austin, Texas on March 4. If you can’t make it in person, don’t hesitate to get in touch today to book a demo and discuss how you can bring quantum computing into your classroom.

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