Last week, Google announced that it was expanding its Career Certificate program. The program is now free for community colleges and vocational and technical education high schools across the United States. In addition, the company is also cooperating with four-year universities to develop the program. Google said that both community colleges and technical education high schools can add Google vocational certificates to their courses for free.
This also applies to schools belonging to the American Association of Community Colleges. Four-year universities that cooperate with Google to receive credits for its projects include Northeastern University, Purdue Global University, Arizona State University, and the State University of New York.
The Google Career Certificate is a course plan designed to provide students with certificates in IT support, data analysis, Android development, project management, and user experience design. Through 150 practical activities, the program can prepare students for work in related fields in just three to six months of training. Google claims that more than half of its graduates are underrepresented groups in the technology sector, including blacks, Latinos, women or veterans.
On Friday, Connecticut became the first state in the United States to approve all Google professional certifications in its universities and state colleges. Next spring, the state will offer a four-credit course for Google’s IT support certificate and non-credit courses for Google’s certificate. According to the Connecticut State University website, the non-credit certificate will be an online course of at least 150 hours, but it has not yet finalized the fees and schedule.