Expanding On-Ramps to Tech Careers Through College and Non-Profit Partnerships

Google Career Certificates

At a Glance

JFF joins with Google to train adults for high-growth, high-demand careers that pay family-sustaining wages in today's digital economy.





Areas of Work
  • Meeting Employer Needs
  • Ensuring Equity in Advancement
  • Preparing for the Future of Work
Experts Involved
In progress
  • AL
  • AZ
  • CA
  • CO
  • FL
  • IL
  • KY
  • LA
  • MA
  • MD
  • MI
  • MN
  • NY
  • NC
  • OH
  • SC
  • TN
  • TX
  • VA
  • WI

Google.org is supporting JFF to integrate the Google Career Certificates into leading community colleges across the country, with a focus on 12 priority states: California, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Texas. These schools will incorporate the certificates directly into their existing curriculum or offer credit for learners who have already completed one or more of the certificates. This effort builds upon JFF’s prior work recruiting community colleges in the Appalachian region and 20 states to offer Google’s initial Career Certificate, the IT Support Professional Certificate.

Technology is driving change at an incredible rate, and that has created an intense demand for people with IT skills. GRCC is excited to collaborate with Google and JFF to help meet this need by offering the Google IT certificate. Through this initiative, we hope to provide relevant training to help our students acquire additional IT skills so that they can secure living-wage jobs or opportunities for upward mobility in their present positions. This type of collaboration is the key to getting things done at larger scales, and Google’s work with the community college sector should be no exception.

Bill Pink, PhD, President, Grand Rapids Community College

What Are the Google Career Certificates?

The Google Career Certificates are a first-of-their-kind program with highly interactive content, exclusively developed by Google. These certificates help learners gain readiness for an entry-level job in the high-demand, high-growth fields of IT, data analytics, digital marketing & e-commerce, project management, and user experience (UX) design in about eight months. No prior experience is necessary. Once a program is completed, certificate completers can opt in to share their information directly with the hiring consortium of top employers looking to hire entry-level employees, including Ford, Macy’s, Crate & Barrel, Walmart, DataDog, Verizon, Salesforce, Workday, Deloitte, Bayer, Advance Auto Parts, Target, Snap Inc., Infosys, Huge Inc., Accenture, SAP, GroupM, Dow and, of course, Google.

JFF is also working with community colleges to recruit local and regional employers to the Google Hiring Consortium.