We worked with Coursera to offer the IT Professional Certificates at a reduced rate of $49 per month. And to ensure that more people have access to the program, we’ve provided financial support to more than 10,000 learners. As part of that commitment, Google.org is providing funding for need-based scholarships through nonprofits that serve underrepresented communities, including a $2.5 million grant to the United Service Organizations (USO) to provide training and career guidance for transitioning military personnel, military spouses, and veterans. The grant will enable USO to incorporate the Google IT Support Professional Certificate into their programming. We’ve also provided funding for scholarships to Student Veterans of America. Learn more about our commitment to help service members transition into civilian jobs here.
We’re providing a Google.org grant to JFF to bring the certificate to 100 community colleges in states including Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Texas, California, Colorado, and New York. These community colleges are integrating the Google IT Support Professional Certificate into their IT offerings, so that it aligns with the skills that employers are looking for. With these skills, students can jump start their careers in IT support.
In addition to integrating with community colleges, the IT Support Professional Certificate recently secured a credit recommendation from the American Council on Education’s (ACE) ACE CREDIT®, which is the industry standard for translating workplace learning to college credit.
Now, learners can earn a recommendation of 12 college credits for completing the program--the equivalent of four college courses at the associate degree-level. This aims to help open up additional pathways to learners who are interested in higher education, and prepare them for entry-level jobs.