Google offers New Yorkers training for tech careers

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NEW YORK – A training course for New Yorkers interested in working in the tech industry is being powered by Google, no degree or experience needed.

Lisa Gevelber runs Grow with Google in New York City. The tech giant is providing four industry recognized certificates for anyone who has a computer and desire for a paycheck in tech, especially those who live in underserved communities.

“Google and so many other employers have been missing out on so much diverse and non-traditional talent out there,” Gevelber told PIX11 News Thursday. “Right now, there’s over 1 million open jobs in these career fields.”

The four career fields Gevelber referred to are:

  • IT support
  • Data analytics
  • User experience design
  • Project management

Google is offering 100,000 scholarships to take the courses for free. Anyone without a scholarship is also welcome to enroll for a fee.

The IT Support, User Experience Design, Project Management and Data Analytics Certificates cost $39 per month by subscription on Coursera. Access to the Google Associate Android Developer Certification training is free, but there is a $149 exam fee.

Google does not generate revenue from the certificates, according to the company’s website. Need-based financial assistance is also available.

Students can take the online courses at their own pace, but they generally take three to six months to finish. Once complete, Google will match graduates with prospective employers.

“These certificates aren’t just for Google, we have 130 employers right in New York, eager to hire graduates,” Gevelber added.

Students at community colleges can also take advantage of the program.

For those who want to work directly with Google, the company is looking for 100 apprentices, most of them in New York. There is an application process, but those who are selected will get paid training and a job.

Correction: A previous version of this story misstated the cost of the certificate programs.

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