In an exciting development, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) and Google have announced a significant partnership aimed at providing thousands of Pennsylvanians with access to Google Career Certificates. These certificates, designed to bridge the gap between learners and in-demand career fields, promise to be a game-changer for the state’s workforce.
The Journey So Far
Almost six years ago, Google launched its “Grow with Google” program in Pittsburgh, with a mission to equip Americans with the digital skills necessary to secure high-growth jobs and boost their businesses through technology. Over time, Google has collaborated with more than 350 organizations across Pennsylvania, training over 380,000 Pennsylvanians in digital skills.
Google has been an integral part of Pennsylvania’s landscape for 17 years, with its office in Pittsburgh, and the company has consistently demonstrated its commitment to investing in Pennsylvania’s workforce.
A Vision for the Future
This latest collaboration, featuring Google, PASSHE, and the state of Pennsylvania, brings an exciting new dimension to the state’s education and workforce development. Under this partnership, Google Career Certificates will be made accessible to thousands of eager learners.
These industry-recognized certificates offer a pathway to careers in fields where demand is soaring. The certificate programs include Business Intelligence, Cybersecurity, Data Analytics, Digital Marketing and e-commerce, IT Support, Project Management, and UX Design. In the rapidly evolving job market, these skills are not just beneficial; they’re essential.
Flexible Learning for All
The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education recognizes the need for flexibility in education and training. Google Career Certificates are thoughtfully designed to be completed in three to six months, requiring no prior experience. Learners can seamlessly integrate these programs into their busy lives.
The program includes an impressive employer consortium comprising more than 150 companies, including prominent Pennsylvania-based enterprises like Bayer, SAP, Expedient, The Project Management Institute, and, of course, Google itself. These companies pledge to consider graduates of Google Career Certificate programs for relevant job opportunities.
Google’s Career Certificate program has already left its mark on the national stage. Over 200,000 individuals have graduated from this program across the United States, with 75% of graduates reporting positive career outcomes within six months of completing their certificates.
The partnership between Google and PASSHE aligns with Pennsylvania’s mission to provide affordable, industry-relevant credentials while elevating state-owned universities as engines of economic development.
A Win-Win Scenario
Universities within PASSHE, including institutions like Millersville, Shippensburg, and Commonwealth University, will offer Google Career Certificates to their undergraduates. This strategic move aims to provide students with competitive, industry-relevant skills, ultimately enhancing their prospects in the job market and increasing their earning potential.
PASSHE will extend the certificates to learners seeking new skills, even if they are not currently enrolled students at participating universities. This inclusivity is key to ensuring that a broader section of the population can benefit from these programs.
A Bright Future Ahead
The partnership between Google and PASSHE signifies a significant step toward providing the skills necessary for a successful career. By collaborating with educational institutions, workforce organizations, employers, state governments, and community organizations, Google aims to bridge the skills gap and serve as a model for workforce development.
The commitment to enhancing access to workforce training is a testament to the shared vision of Google and PASSHE to empower the workforce of tomorrow. This initiative is not just about acquiring skills; it’s about unlocking economic opportunities for individuals and the state of Pennsylvania as a whole.
To learn more about bringing Google Career Certificates to your educational institution or system, visit grow.google/edu.