Google recently announced three new Google Career Certificates in high-growth, high-paying fields, adding to the IT Support Professional (IT Cert) and Automation with Python Certificates that have helped break barriers for underrepresented groups to enter the tech workforce. Part of the Grow with Google economic opportunity initiative, the certificates will be available on the online learning platform Coursera. They will focus on Data Analytics, Project Management, and User Experience (UX) Design, with no degree required to enroll. Google also announced it is funding 100,000 need-based scholarships for individuals enrolled in any of these Career Certificate programs. The company will consider all of its Career Certificates as the equivalent of a four-year degree for related roles at Google.
Development of these certificates comes at a crucial time as many nationwide struggle with unemployment due to the impact of COVID-19, and nearly two-thirds of all new jobs created since 2010 require either high- or medium-level digital skills. “College degrees are out of reach for many Americans, and you shouldn’t need a college diploma to have economic security,” said Kent Walker, Senior Vice President of Global Affairs at Google. “We need new, accessible job-training solutions-from enhanced vocational programs to online education-to help America recover and rebuild.”
‘Texas is proud to boast the best workforce in the nation, and we are thankful to partners like Google for creating new opportunities that allow Texans to grow and advance in their careers,” said Governor Greg Abbott. “As our state continues to respond to COVID-19, it is important that we remain focused on cultivating a strong workforce that will help revitalize the economy and bring greater prosperity to our communities. Programs like this will provide many Texans with the tools and knowledge they need to pursue a good-paying job and help keep the Texas economy the best in the nation.”
The Google Career Certificates will equip participants with the essential skills they need to get a job. The IT Gert’s hiring consortium currently includes over 50 national employers such as Walmart, Hulu and Sprint, with whom participants can directly share their resume upon completion of the program. Google will also create a hiring consortium for the new certificates, along with offering hundreds of apprenticeship opportunities at Google to provide graduates with on-the-job training.
In coordination with the new Career Certificates, Google.erg today announced it is awarding over $10 million in job grants to three nonprofits – the YWCA, NPower, and JFF. In Texas, grants to NPower in Dallas will help the local job force enroll in Google’s IT Support Certificate program. JFF will award a subgrant to Dallas’ Workforce Solutions to make better use of data to improve their job training programs and outcomes for underserved Texans. To date, Google.erg has contributed over $200 million in grants to nonprofits that create economic opportunity worldwide.
“For the past seven years NPower has served hundreds of military veterans and service members in the Texas region,” said Bertina Ceccarelli, the CEO of NPower. “Google’s philanthropic support will advance pathways for the communities we serve to upskill and land quality jobs in the tech sector. Access to Google’s IT certification virtual modules significantly enhances NPower curriculum and offers an undeniable advantage to our students.”
The Google Career Certificates will also be offered in Career and Technical Education high schools throughout America, starting with the IT Cert this fall. This builds on an established partnership with more than 100 U.S. community colleges, which was announced by Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, last fall at El Centro Community College in Dallas. In addition to El Centro, the IT Cert is offered at Collin College in McKinney, Texas and over 9,000 people in the state have enrolled in the program.
The Google Career Certificates are being created and taught by Google employees and can be completed in three to six months. Starting today, anyone can pre-register for the programs at grow.google/certificates, and they will be notified once the courses are launched Google has called Texas home for the last 13 years. In 2019, Google helped provide $26.03 billion of economic activity for 110,900 Texas businesses, publishers, nonprofits, creators, and developers. Today’s investments represent the company’s continued commitment to the state.