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Business News: Grow with Google partnership offers certificates for job seekers

By Bob Conrad
Reno Business Weekly

Job seekers can now get free Google Career certificates – training opportunities aimed at increasing access to higher-paying jobs in high-demand fields.

The certificates give people skills in data analytics, digital marketing and project management. Certifications can be completed in a three- to six-month period of part-time study, according to state officials with the Nevada Department of Employment Training and Rehabilitation (DETR).

“After finishing the program, graduates are connected with an employer consortium of over 150 companies— including Deloitte, Ford, Verizon, Walmart and Google—that considers them for relevant roles,” officials said.

Students of the program are also provided job seeking skills, such as resume writing, career coaching and interview preparation.

“I thought there was no way Google would hire me,” a program participant said. “After I gathered up the courage, I sent them my resume.” 

The participant landed a job at Google and credits the certification program with giving her knowledge she needed to succeed. 

More than 70,000 people have completed the certification in the United States. The program was launched in 2018, and 75% of attendees reported a positive career impact. The trainings are taught by Google employees. College credit may be available upon completion of a certificate.

Nevada JobConnect representatives said they want to help everyone who can benefit from this training opportunity. Priority is given to those who demonstrate need.

Email [email protected] for information. Include your city of residence.

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