On Monday, Google announced three new Google career certificates in high-growth and high-paying areas in the areas of data analysis, project management and user experience design, according to a press release.
As part of the “Build with Google Skillbuilding” initiative, the certificates will be available on the online learning platform Coursera.
Above all, the initiative is intended to help overcome obstacles for underrepresented groups who want to enter the technical workforce. No degree is required for enrollment.
Google also announced on Monday that 100,000 needs-based scholarships will be funded for people participating in one of these career certificate programs.
According to the press release, Google will consider all of its career certificates to be the equivalent of a four-year degree in related functions at Google.
“University degrees are unattainable for many Americans, and you shouldn’t need a college degree to ensure economic security,” said Kent Walker, senior vice president of global affairs at Google, in the press release. “We need new, accessible vocational training solutions – from expanded work programs to online education – to help America recover and rebuild.”
One of the motivating factors behind these new programs, according to the press release, is the support of job seekers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Google Career Certificates are created and taught by Google employees and can be completed in three to six months, as per the press release.
To pre-register for the programs, go to grow.google/certificates. You will be notified as soon as the courses have started.
Google will also set up a recruitment consortium for the new certificates and, according to the press release, will offer hundreds of training opportunities at Google to enable graduates to train in the workplace.
From this autumn, the certificates will also be offered at high schools for vocational and technical education.
With the new career certificates, Google.org announced on Monday that three nonprofit organizations – YWCA, NPower, and JFF – were receiving over $ 10 million in grants to help workforce boards and nonprofits improve their vocational training programs and improve access to digital media skills for women, veterans and underserved Americans, the press release said.
Here are more details on Google’s announcements:
- Three new Google Career Certificates in the high-paying, high-growth career fields of Data Analytics, Project Management, and User Experience (UX) Design. Like our IT Support and Automation in Python Certificates, these new career programs are designed and taught by Google employees who work in these fields. The programs equip participants with the essential skills they need to get a job. No degree or prior experience is required to take the courses.
- 100,000 need-based scholarships, funded by Google, to complete any of these career certificates.
- An expansion of our IT Certificate Employer Consortium, which currently includes over 50 employers like Walmart, Hulu, Sprint, and of course Google.
- Hundreds of apprenticeship opportunities at Google for people completing these career certificate programs to provide real on-the-job training.
- The Google Career Certificates in Career and Technical Education high schools throughout America, starting with our IT Support Certificate this Fall. These certificates build on our established partnership with more than 100 community colleges.
- $10 million in Google.org grants to the YWCA, NPower and JFF to help workforce boards and nonprofits improve their job training programs and increase access to digital skills for women, veterans, and underserved Americans. As part of our Future of Work initiative, since 2017 Google.org has provided over $200 million in grants to nonprofits working to promote economic opportunity.
(Source – Google)