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Google Opens Up Its Tech Training Program to All, Giving You a Reason to Learn New Skills

 

If you want to work at Google someday but aren’t sure you have the resume for it, the company wants to train you. To help prospective employees bridge skills gaps, the tech giant is partnering with online course provider Coursera to offer access to its IT training program, previously only open to existing Googlers.

It may seem counterintuitive for Google to invest in the education of people who don’t and may never work for the company. It could even bolster the skills of individuals who work for competitors, you might imagine. But of the 10,000 U.S. residents who receive scholarships from Google to complete the certificate, Google is betting that it will be able to hire some of them down the road.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced the company’s decision on Twitter earlier this week.

The program will involve 64 hours of video lessons as well as labs and evaluations, and it will teach IT basics such as troubleshooting, customer service, networking, operating systems, system administration, automation and security. It will take about eight months to complete if a student spends eight to 10 hours a week on the program, though students can work at their own pace, according to Coursera.

Those interested in financial aid can apply by Feb. 20, while others may be selected by participating nonprofits. You don’t need an IT background or a four-year college degree to qualify. For those who don’t get a free ride, the full cost of the program is $49 a month.

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