AUSTIN — Google announced Friday that Google Career Certificates are now available to students in the University of Texas and Texas State University systems, with the potential to reach tens of thousands of students. across the state.
U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) joined the announcement event highlighting the new public-private partnership.
Google Career Certificates equip people with professional skills in data analytics, e-commerce and digital marketing, IT support, python automation, project management and design user experience (UX). With Google’s largest statewide college partnerships to date, school systems will integrate certificates into undergraduate degree programs and extracurricular experiences with options to receive college credit.
Texas 2036 will also list Google Career Certificates in a national registry as part of its work to expand the state’s database of post-secondary credentials.
“Texas is known for being a leader in the global economy with its diverse and competitive workforce. Today’s announcement will strengthen more vibrant partnerships between industry, universities and employers, ensuring Texans are equipped for the high-skilled, high-paying jobs of the future,” Cornyn said. “I’m proud of the innovation happening here in the Lone Star State, and I look forward to seeing the positive impact this partnership will have for years to come.”
Governor Greg Abbott has called Texas “the innovation capital of the United States and a global leader in the tech industry.”
“…and we are committed to ensuring that our students have the skills to be competitive in this field,” Abbott said. “Through the Google Career Certificates program, Texas will continue to build its talent pool of a highly skilled workforce ready to grow and thrive in our growing economy. I thank Google and our Texas universities for working together to helping thousands of Texas students prepare for well-paying jobs and the opportunity to succeed.”
By 2030, more than 60% of jobs in Texas will require a post-secondary credential, such as a diploma or certificate. Today, more than half of Texans lack training for these trades.
The Texas Higher Education Board aims to close this gap, with the goal of ensuring that 60 percent of working-age Texans receive a postsecondary degree, certificate, or diploma by 2030. University of Texas and Texas State University will contribute. is to offer the Google Career Certificates program.
“Combining a bachelor’s degree with a Google certificate leads to graduates who are both broadly educated and specifically skilled — a winning combination for students and employers,” said UT System Chancellor James B. Milliken. “With Texas’ population expected to double by 2050 and Texas expected to have the highest net job growth of any state by 2030, UT institutions are proud to lead efforts to to meet the demands of our state’s workforce and industry while positioning our graduates for success and professional growth in the modern job market.
Google employees have developed Google Career Certificates to support skills in in-demand fields. Available on Coursera, certificates can be completed in three to six months of part-time study, with no degree or experience required.
The program includes an employer consortium of more than 150 companies, including Texas-based companies such as AT&T, Dell, and Google, who are committed to considering graduates for relevant entry-level roles. More than 100,000 people have graduated from the program in the United States, and 75% of them report a positive impact on their career, such as a new job, higher salary or promotion, within six months of graduation. ‘completion.
“Google is proud to work with Texas universities and workforce development organizations to help more students and workers take advantage of the incredible job opportunities created by the growing economy of Texas. state,” said Lisa Gevelber, founder of Grow with Google. “Our mission is to expand opportunity for everyone, and we’re excited to continue that effort by expanding access to technician training through the Google Career Certificates program.”
These opportunities will help close the skills gap for thousands of Texans, giving them easier access to high-growth, high-demand jobs across the state. For more information on Google’s Career Certificates program, visit grow.google/certificates.