South Texas College students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the Computer and Information Technologies Program will soon have the opportunity to improve their ability for employment in the IT industry with a Google IT Support Professional Certificate.
“The certificate impacts students by creating new career pathways,” said Saeed Molki, program chair from the STC Computer Science Department. “It can enhance an individual’s career by opening doors for career advancement.”
Google, in collaboration with JFF, provides grants to community colleges in eight states, including Texas. South Texas College is one of 100 community colleges across the country and four in Texas offering the program.
“Having both a bachelor degree and a Google IT Support Professional Certificate shows potential employers that our graduates are truly well rounded and ready to be a productive members of their team starting day one of their employment,” said David Plummer, executive vice-president for Educational Programming and Student Achievement at STC.
Enhancing Skills for Job Readiness
The certificate program is in partnership with Coursera, a leading online learning platform for higher education. It is also an initiative of Grow with Google. The Google IT Support Professional Certificate course focuses on mastering fundamental skills in the IT workforce. This includes troubleshooting, customer service, networking, operating systems, system administration and security.
The coursework also encompasses a combination of interactive learning strategies and assessments. Video lectures, practice exercises and supplemental reading support and enhance the learner’s information technology skills. The results are instrumental in aligning students with skills sought by employers.
Certificates Available Beginning In the Fall
The program is only available to students in the fall as part of the CITP 3306 Internet/Intranet Server Integration curriculum. After successfully finishing the certificate program, students are eligible to receive a scholarship between $200 to $300.
In preparation for this new offering, Computer Science have completed the requirements to earn their own Google IT Support Professional Certificate.