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18 May 2024

Community College of Philadelphia and Google announce a new workforce development initiative

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ABOVE PHOTO: Pictured from left to right: U. S. Rep. Dwight Evans; Dr. Donald Guy Generals, president, Community College of Philadelphia; State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta; State Rep. Morgan Cephas; Jaquayvius Coleman, Community College of Philadelphia graduate, Google Career Certificates graduate; Winton Steward, public affairs and public policy manager, Google; Dr. Vance Gray, associate provost, academic affairs and workforce development, Community College of Philadelphia; Janice Fidalgo, partnerships manager, Google; Rob Magliaro, ecosystem partnerships lead, Google. (Photo courtesy Google)

U.S. Congressman Dwight Evans (D-3rd Dist..), State Reps. Morgan Cephas (D-192nd Dist.) and Malcolm Kenyatta (D- 181st Dist.) announced a new partnership between Community College of Philadelphia and Google on Monday which will make industry-recognized Google Career Certificates available to students in the city.

This offering will enable students to learn skills to qualify for well-paying jobs while earning an industry-recognized credential. Community College of Philadelphia will also provide Google’s new Google AI Essentials course that is designed and taught by AI experts at Google.

“The talent in Philadelphia is incredible, and I’m thrilled that Community College of Philadelphia is providing the Google Career Certificates program to advance its workforce development offerings,” Evans said. “This initiative is an important investment in the state’s talent and economic future.”

The Google Career Certificates program equips people with skills for entry-level jobs in the fields of cybersecurity, data analytics, digital marketing & e-commerce, IT support, project management, and UX design, with no experience required. The program includes an employer consortium of over 150 companies that are interested in hiring people trained in the certificate fields, including Pennsylvania-based employers such as Google, Expedient, SAP, and the Project Management Institute (PMI).

“This initiative represents a landmark moment for education and employment in Philadelphia,” Cephas said. “This partnership represents progress in our efforts to prepare Philadelphia residents for the future work in technology and beyond.”

“I am thrilled to see Community College of Philadelphia’s partnership with Google to offer the Google Career Certificate program to its students,” Kenyatta said. “Through this collaboration, students in Philadelphia will learn skills that will qualify them for well-paying careers and help them increase their job opportunities for years to come.”

“At Community College of Philadelphia, we are proud to offer job-ready training and programming responsive to the region’s workforce needs,” said College president Dr. Donald Guy Generals. “Through the Google Career Certificates program, students will be equipped to help fill the critical need for skilled workers in increasingly popular fields like data analytics and IT support.”

The news builds on Governor Josh Shapiro’s announcement that the Google Career Certificates would be available throughout the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Ed. Google created the Google Career Certificates to support skilling for in-demand fields. Over 250,000 people have completed the program in the U.S., and 75% of them report a positive career impact — such as a new job, higher pay, or a promotionn — within six months of completion.

“At Expedient, we cultivate talent with experience, fostering a passion for IT and technology. We hire entry level talent and provide the environment to develop our future leaders,” said Leah Toth, Expedient’s senior manager of recruiting and retention. “Expedient’s partnership with Grow with Google, has been pivotal in helping us identify and hire top talent as well as to empower our teams through superior training and industry certification programs.”

“We are proud to collaborate with Community College of Philadelphia to offer the Google Career Certificates program to thousands of people throughout the city,” said Winton Steward, public affairs manager, Google. “Google has called Pennsylvania home for over 15 years, and we are dedicated to investing in the state’s economic growth by ensuring its students and workers have access to training for today’s jobs.”

People can access more information about Community College of Philadelphia’s offerings online at:

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