Google has recently made a colossal announcement that could disrupt the future of work and higher education.
Google said it’s planning on launching a selection of professional courses called Google Career Certificates, which will help teach a framework of skills that can help job-seekers find employment almost immediately. Instead of taking years to finish like a traditional university degree, these courses are designed to be completed in about six months.
In their statement, Google did not allude to the pricing of their new courses but if it aligns with similar programs that Google offers, namely Coursera, the price per month would be around $49. Coursera is a Google IT Support Professional Certificate program.
If Google’s new cost model is similar, a six-month course would be less than $300; compared to a University, that cost wouldn’t even cover what students currently pay for their textbooks in one semester. Google said it would fund 100,000 needs-based scholarships in support of the new offerings.
Launched in 2018, the Google IT Certificate program has become the single most popular certificate on Coursera, and thousands of people have found new jobs and have helped many Americans get back to work while breaking the high-cost barriers of continued education.
The three new programs Google is offering per reports from Inc are as follows:
- Project manager ($93,000)
- Data analyst ($66,000)
- UX designer ($75,000)