- Google is offering an information technology education opportunity through an online course.
- After completing the certificate, you can elect to share your contact information with companies looking to hire, like Hulu, Sprint, Google and more.
Google wants to help IT job seekers gain a competitive advantage by teaching IT the Google way.
Based on the same training curriculum that Google uses to teach its employees, aka Googlers, the Google IT Support Professional Certificate course is being delivered fully online — no college degree or tech experience required.
And those Google skills might be skills that will pay off big-time in the future.
In just eight months, approximately equivalent to a full year of undergraduate coursework, immersive labs and interactive assessments will introduce students to topics such as “troubleshooting and customer service, networking, operating systems, system administration and security — all the fundamentals of IT support that are critical for success in the workplace,” according to the program’s website.
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The program comes at a reduced rate of $49 per month, and more than 10,000 learners will receive financial support. This fall, the certificate will be offered through an online course available at more than 25 community colleges in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Texas, California and New York.
After program completion, a world of employment opportunities opens to newly minted certificate holders. Program graduates can opt in to sharing their contact information with a network of 22 companies that are all hiring for IT support jobs, such as Bank of America, Hulu, Walmart, Sprint, and, of course, Google.
Jobs in IT are thriving and growing faster than the national average, and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, IT jobs are expected to grow by 11 percent between 2016 and 2026, with a current median salary of about $52,000.
With this promising industry and education opportunity, now might be the time for a career change.
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