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Google Expands IT Training Offerings

Google has introduced a new Google IT Automation with Python Professional Certificate, a program designed to provide job-ready skills in Python, Git and IT automation in under six months. The new certificate is part of the company's Grow with Google initiative, a commitment to providing access to skills training and education for workers. Grow with Google launched its first certificate program, the Google IT Support Professional Certificate, two years ago.

IT Automation with Python comprises six courses hosted on Coursera:

  1. Crash Course on Python;
  2. Using Python to Interact with the Operating System;
  3. Introduction to Git and GitHub;
  4. Troubleshooting and Debugging Techniques;
  5. Configuration Management and the Cloud; and
  6. Automating Real-World Tasks with Python, including a final project designed to simulate problem-solving in an actual job environment.

Those who complete the program receive a shareable certificate as well as access to career resources and the option to share information with potential employers.

According to a company blog post, 84 percent of people who have taken Google's original IT Support certificate program "report a career impact — like getting a raise, finding a new job, or starting a business — within six months." 

The cost for Google's certificate programs is $49 per month (financial aid is available). For more information, visit the Google site.

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Rhea Kelly is editor in chief for Campus Technology, THE Journal, and Spaces4Learning. She can be reached at [email protected].

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