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October 29, 2021
Learners can earn up to 45 credits toward a degree at Purdue Global after completing the Google IT Support Certificate
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University Global is partnering with Google in a shared educational initiative designed to enhance meaningful employment opportunities for adult learners through the Google Career Certificate program.
Learners can now enroll in one of five co-developed, co-branded Purdue Global and Google Career Certificates and earn up to 45 credits while receiving both Google’s IT Support Certificate and a Purdue Global microcredential in a high-demand field. Moreover, these credentials can be used as stackable building blocks toward an associate degree and a bachelor’s degree at Purdue Global.
The five certificates are:
The partnership aims to help job seekers navigate a shifting labor market by equipping them with in-demand skills and a path toward a four-year degree. By 2025, the World Economic Forum estimates that 50% of all employees will need reskilling, in part due to demand for technical skills. As a result, the Google Career Certificates helps people gain job-ready skills with programs in Data Analytics, IT Support, Project Management and User Experience Design – all fields projected to grow over the next 10 years.
Students can determine the best Purdue Global program of study for them based on their previous education and work. Other benefits include the opportunity for students to engage with peers and access to specific career services tools and resources.
Learners who have already completed the Google IT Support Certificate program can also enroll in the Purdue Global program. They will receive credit for their Google certificate and can add the Purdue Global micro-credential as a stackable component toward a degree.
“This partnership with Google will provide a much-needed bridge between education and industry,” Purdue Global Chancellor Frank Dooley said. “A real benefit, and one that is unique, is that because the Google IT Support Certificate is embedded into these programs, Purdue Global faculty will be teaching the Google content and putting those skills in relevant context for our students. Furthermore, students earn credit for these co-developed certificates that stack directly into Purdue Global degrees for a valuable combination our students can use to upskill or reskill.”
“We are honored to partner with Purdue Global – one of the leaders in online education – to provide the Google Career Certificates alongside their microcredentials and degree programs,” said Lisa Gevelber, founder, Grow with Google. “From cybersecurity to data intelligence, this collaboration will teach the most in-demand skills of today and tomorrow, ensuring learners will have great job prospects for years to come.”
In addition to preparing workers with job-ready skills, the certificate program includes an employer consortium of over 150 companies such as Google, Deloitte and Verizon, and Indiana-based employers such as Strada Education, Anthem and HCL Technologies. Each company has committed to considering program graduate resumes for related roles. The partnership is part of the Grow with Google campaign and includes several other universities.
To date, Grow with Google has also partnered with more than 145 organizations in the state to train more than 100,000 Hoosiers on digital skills, including organizations like public libraries, chambers of commerce and more.
About Purdue University Global
Purdue University Global delivers personalized online education tailored to the unique needs of adults who have work or life experience beyond the classroom, enabling them to develop essential academic and professional skills with the support and flexibility they need to achieve their career goals. It offers personalized paths for students to earn an associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree, based on their work experience, desired pace, military service, previous college credits and other considerations – no matter where they are in their life journey. Purdue Global is a nonprofit, public university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It is affiliated with Purdue University’s flagship institution, a highly ranked public research university located in West Lafayette, Indiana. Purdue University also operates regional campuses in Fort Wayne and Northwest Indiana, as well as serving science, engineering and technology students at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus. For more information, visit purdueglobal.edu.
About Grow with Google
Grow with Google was started in 2017 to help Americans grow their skills, careers, and businesses. It provides free training, tools, and expertise to help small business owners, veterans and military families, job seekers and students, educators, startups, and developers. Since Grow with Google’s inception, it has helped more than seven million Americans develop new skills. Grow with Google has a network of more than 8,000 partner organizations like libraries, schools, small business development centers, chambers of commerce, workforce development boards and nonprofits to help people coast-to-coast.
Media Contact, Purdue Global: Tom Schott, 765-427-1721, [email protected]
Media Contact: Google: Andrea Willis, 757-272-9470, [email protected]
Sources: Frank Dooley
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