Google funds 100,000 certification scholarships

In addition to the scholarships, it will give $10 million to nonprofits for job training. Kent Walker, the…
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In addition to the scholarships, it will give $10 million to nonprofits for job training.

Kent Walker, the Senior Vice President of Global Affairs at Google, said that a college education should not be the only education option for financial security:

College degrees are out of reach for many Americans, and you shouldn’t need a college diploma to have economic security.

Kent Walker

Google is offering a new solution with its new Grow with Google initiative. The initiative means scholarships, certifications, apprenticeships, and grants for job training.

The scholarships will be need-based. Google will consider these certifications to be “equivalent to a four-year degree for related roles.” But they’ll only take about six months each. Three of the certification are new: Project Management, Data Analytics, and User Experience. Google says these are all “high-paying, high-growth career fields.”

Additionally, Google will offer apprenticeship positions. There will be hundreds of these. They’ll provide hands-on experience for people taking the certification programs.

Google currently partners with community colleges—upwards of 100 of them—to bring students certification opportunities. Now, it will also offer the opportunities at “Career and Technical Education high schools throughout America.”

Furthermore, it will expand its IT Certificate Employer Consortium. So jobseekers will be connected with even more potential employers.

Finally, Google will work with YWCA, JFF, and NPower to deliver “$10 million in job training Google.org grants.” These grants will help not-for-profit organizations better train their staff. Specifically, they will help “increase access to digital skills for women, veterans, and underserved Americans.” This follows Google’s donations of more than $200 million to not-for-profits groups since 2017.

All this is especially good news considering how important technology and related skills are right now:

Technology has been a lifeline to help many small businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. And online tools can help people get new skills and find good-paying jobs. Nearly two-thirds of all new jobs created since 2010 require either high-level or medium-level digital skills.

Kent Walker

See one man’s experience with Google’s certifications in the video about Yves Cooper:

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