IBL News | New York
Google announced this week three new certificate programs in data analytics, project management, and user experience (UX) design.
The certificates are created and taught solely by Google employees and are offered through Coursera.org. These classes can be completed in three to six months. To take these programs, at $49 a month, it is not required a college degree or work experience.
The tech giant will fund 100,000 need-based scholarships. In addition, it will be awarding over $10 million in grants to three nonprofits–YWCA, NPower, and JFF– to provide workforce development to women, veterans, and underrepresented Americans.
“This is not revenue-generating for Google,” said Google vice president, Lisa Gevelber, who leads Grow with Google and Google for Startups.
The company said that these certificates will qualify applicants for jobs across fields with median average annual salaries of over $50,000.
In 2018, Google launched a similar certificate program for those interested in IT. Over 250,000 people have taken this Google’s certificate, 57% of whom do not have a college degree, making it Coursera’s most popular certificate.