Tech giant Google has announced three new online certificate programmes in data analytics, project management and user experience design. It has also committed to funding 100,000 scholarships for individuals enrolled in any of these career certificate programmes.
Created and taught by Google employees, the programmes do not require a degree for enrolling and can be completed in three to six months.
The courses, which are offered through Google’s online learning platform, Coursera, equip applicants with a certificate that is considered by Google to be equivalent to "a four-year college degree for related roles at the company", it said.
“This is not revenue-generating for Google,” says Google vice president, Lisa Gevelber. “There’s a small cost from the Coursera platform itself – the current pricing is $49 a month — but we want to ensure that anyone who wants to have this opportunity, can have it.”
Ms Gevelber adds that Google chose the fields of data analytics, project management and user experience because of their potential to lead to “high-growth, high-paying careers.”