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Google Launches New IT Course, Offers Access to Jobs and Scholarships

Jan. 16, 2017

Google and online learning company Coursera on have unveiled a new certificate program to train Americans, including those without college degrees, for entry-level IT jobs.

The program, which consists of six courses that can be part-time completed in eight to 12 months, also connects participants with large employers like Bank of America and Wal-Mart who are looking for workers proficient in basic IT skills.

The online learning initiative—known as the Google IT Support Professional Certificate—costs $49 per month through Coursera but, for a limited period, Google says it will pay those costs for 10,000 participants.

According to Natalie Van Cleef Conway, a Google executive leading the initiative, the new courses grew out of the company’s own experience trying to find people for unfilled IT positions. In an interview with Fortune, she says the lessons were created by Google’s own employees and are aimed in particular at veterans, refugees, and lower income communities.

For more and to access the training, click here.

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