Some Thoughts on Google’s Professional Certificates Program

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In the summer of 2020, Google announced the expansion of its professional certificates program. The objective: a six-month program that gives people the expertise and credentials typically associated with a four-year degree. The program offers certificates in the fields of Data Analyst, Project Manager, and UX Designer.

A statement by Google’s SVP of Global Affairs, Kent Walke captures how this program is unique:

“In our own hiring, we will now treat these new career certificates as the equivalent of a four-year degree for related roles.”

In essence, Google promises that college degrees will…

Roy Zhang

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