Google is pairing up with community colleges, including Monroe Community College, to offer a new certificate program that will train people with no experience to work in information technology support in as little as eight months.
A total of 25 community colleges in six states will offer the new IT Support Professional Certificate course, taught by JFF, a national nonprofit workforce development organization. The program attempts to create a path for people to enter a high-tech field with a median wage of $52,000 a year without obtaining a college degree.
“The Google IT Support Professional Certificate is a great addition to the IT programs within the college and will provide students a new opportunity to gain the technical skill-sets necessary to enter the IT sector,” said Todd Oldham, vice president, economic and workforce development and career technical education at Monroe Community College.
Since Google launched the program on the Coursera learning platform in January, approximately 40,000 learners have enrolled in the online training program and 10,000 have received financial aid. MCC will offer the course starting in the fall for the 2018-19 school year.
“Google is committed to training the workforce of today and tomorrow, and we are thrilled to team up with community colleges to help graduates jump-start a new career in IT Support,” said Jesse Haines, director of Grow with Google, an economic development arm of the company. “Community colleges play an important role in helping Americans get ahead, and they will be strong partners in Grow with Google’s mission to create more economic opportunities for Americans.”
According to Google, there are 150,000 open IT support positions and a majority doesn’t require a college degree, though experience is necessary. Upon completing the training, students can register their information with up to 22 companies that have agreed to consider graduates, including Google, Bank of America, Walmart, Sprint, GE Digital and PNC Bank.
MCC expects to start enrollment in about two weeks. For more information about enrollment, prospective students may contact MCC’s Charles Caples at (585) 685-6227 or [email protected]
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