Change is coming: Google says you don’t need 4-year college degree anymore

Towards the end of July, Google released a new learning program called Google Career Certificates. It is a collection of courses designed to help participants get qualifications in high-paying, high-growth job fields without attending university.

The certification can be completed in just six months and will cost a fraction of the cost of a traditional college education. Still, it will help Americans obtain high growth job opportunities.

Google said that it would treat these certifications as the equivalent of four-year degrees by its hiring managers.

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With the decline in college enrollment and the COVID-19 pandemic around, this seems to be the right for a massive company like Google to do this.

Kent Walker, Google senior vice president of corporate affairs wrote on Twitter, that “in our own hiring, we will now treat these new career certificates as the equivalent of a four-year degree for related roles.”

Google hopes that low-cost certification programs that can be completed at a cost of $300 may be a solution to unequal access to education in certain fields. “While college degrees have tons of value, they are not accessible to everyone,” said Google vice president, Lisa Gevelber.

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