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Colorado Department of Labor and Employment Announces Grow With Google Partnership   Individuals Can Earn a Google Career Certificate in less than Six Months
(DENVER) – The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment is partnering with Google to connect 500 local job seekers with no-cost access to Google Career Certificates training for well-paying, high-demand jobs in growing fields. The certificates equip people with job-ready skills in the high-growth fields of Data Analytics, Digital Marketing and E-Commerce, IT Support, Project Management, and UX Design. The online program can be completed in three to six months of part-time study—with no degree or experience required. After finishing the program, graduates have access to an employer consortium of over 150 companies— including Deloitte, Ford, Verizon, Walmart, and Google—that considers them for relevant roles.

In partnership with Google, the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) is providing access to these certificates through state workforce agencies. Designed and taught by Google employees, each certificate includes over 150+ practice and graded assessments, quizzes, or writing assignments to ensure rigor and mastery. The program also provides resources to help students land a job, such as resume templates, coaching from Career Circle and interview practice with Big Interview. 

The Google Career Certificates are stackable credentials that are recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE®️). Students working towards a degree can earn a recommendation of up to 12 college credits for completing a Certificate—the equivalent of four college courses at the Bachelor’s degree level—at schools including Northeastern, Purdue Global, University of Virginia’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, and many others. 

Launched in 2018, over 70,000 people have graduated from the program in the U.S. Seventy-five percent of them report a positive career impact—such as a new job, higher pay, or a promotion—within six months of completion, and 55% of graduates identify as Asian, Black, or Latino.

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) is wrapping Workforce Development Month with a focus on work-based learning, apprenticeships and upskilling opportunities. Together with its Colorado Workforce Center partners, CDLE committed to helping individuals interested in benefiting from this training opportunity. Priority is given to those who demonstrate need. Scholarships are available and recipients will need access to a computer, hand-held device or smartphone, and the Internet. If you do not have access to one or more of these tools, a local workforce center representative can help. Scholarship recipients must complete the certificate within six months.

For more information contact the participating local workforce center nearest you.  Participating local workforce areas include Adams, Arapahoe/Douglas Works!, Boulder, Mesa, and the Colorado Rural Workforce Consortium.