Google to offer $100,000 for a free online course to any US business

According to Google, more than 70,000 people in the United States and 205,000 worldwide have received at least one certificate, with 75% receiving a benefit such as a new job or increased income within six months.

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Washington DC, First published May 3, 2022, 3:26 p.m. IST

Alphabet Inc’s Google said Monday that any U.S. business with revenue over $100,000 will receive free online courses in data analysis, design and other digital skills for its employees. The offering represents a significant expansion of Google’s Career Certificates program, which the company created in 2018 to help people around the world boost their resumes by learning new technologies at their own pace.

According to Google, more than 70,000 people in the United States and 205,000 worldwide have received at least one certificate, with 75% receiving a benefit such as a new job or increased income within six months.

The Google-designed courses, which are delivered by online training provider Coursera Inc, typically cost students about $39 per month and take three to six months to complete. Google will now pay the price for up to 500 employees in any US organization, with grants worth $100,000, as people typically take up to six months to complete.

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According to Lisa Gevelber, founder of Grow with Google, the company’s certificates unit, course completion rates are higher when people pay for them out of pocket, but the new offering is still worth it if it can help some companies acquire digital skills.

IT support, project management, e-commerce, and digital marketing certificates are also offered. They cover leading software in each industry, as well as Google’s advertising services.

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Meanwhile, Google has announced the opening of its first Africa product development center in Nairobi, Kenya, as it prepares to serve the continent’s growing number of internet users. According to the Californian firm, the continent will have 800 million Internet users and a third of the world’s adolescent population by the end of this decade, which will make it an attractive area for investment.

Last updated May 3, 2022, 3:26 PM IST

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