Purdue University to offer Google Career Certificates for learning in-demand tech skills

Program available to the public as well as Purdue students

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University is offering the Google Career Certificate program, making it possible for Purdue students — undergraduate or graduate and on campus or online — as well as the public to earn Google Career Certificates in the fields of cybersecurity, data analytics, digital marketing and e-commerce, IT support, and project management.

Purdue is among a handful of universities making this offering available to the public as well as its students.

Google Career Certificates were designed by experts at Google to teach in-demand, job-ready skills. They will be available to Purdue students and other individuals through the registration website at http://www.eventreg.purdue.edu/online/GrowWithGoogleCertificates.

Purdue is offering the certificates for the introductory price of $249 for a year of access to the certificate program of your choice or $39 for a monthly subscription to pursue multiple certificates. A year’s access also can be purchased as a gift certificate.

The program includes the Google Employer Consortium of over 150 companies — including Accenture, Deloitte, T-Mobile, Wells Fargo, Walmart and, of course, Google — that considers hiring Google Career Certificate graduates for relevant positions. The courses can prepare learners for careers in a large array of jobs such as cybersecurity analysts, IT support technicians, data analysts, project managers, marketing coordinators and more. According to Google, over 70% of graduates report a positive career outcome such as a new job, raise or promotion within six months of completing the program. The certificates are in fields with a median entry-level starting salary of $76,000.

The Google Career Certificate courses are self-paced and can be completed fully online in under six months of part-time study. There are no prerequisites and no experience is required. Learners earn a certificate and a digital badge upon successful completion, providing validation of their newly attained knowledge and skills.

The Google program provides flexible, professional training that is specific to and can enhance the careers of individuals completing the certificates and, in the case of Purdue students, augment what they are learning at Purdue.

“We are excited and grateful to launch this partnership with Google,” said Dimitrios Peroulis, senior vice president for Purdue University Online. “We believe this is an important step that will enable many students within Purdue, and in the broader Purdue ecosystem, to learn critical skills as they earn these certificates.”

“Google is thrilled to continue our long-standing partnership with Purdue University, as it offers the Google Career Certificates program to undergraduate and graduate students,” said Lisa Gevelber, founder of Grow with Google. “The Google Career Certificates program will help make students job-ready for some of the most in-demand, well-paying career fields in our country. And they provide a unique opportunity to learn from the experts at Google while they are pursuing their degree from a world-class institution.”

Writer: Greg Kline, 765-494-8167, gkline@purdue.edu

Media contact: Wes Mills, wemills@purdue.edu 

Source: Dimitrios Peroulis, dperouli@purdue.edu

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