ANAHEIM, Calif.—The Anaheim Union High School District is taking part in a first-of-its-kind program with Google to offer students specialized training in data analytics, IT support, and project management.
The partnership with AUHSD is Google’s first with a public school district offering online Google Career Certificates to prepare students for entry-level roles in high-growth fields.
“I’m thrilled that The Anaheim Union High School District and Google are bringing the Google Career Certificates to the school district to help students obtain the digital skills they need to thrive,” Rep. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) said in a statement. “Their investments today will help ensure the workforce of tomorrow is strong.”
The courses are designed and taught by Google employees over Coursera. They include more than 150 practice and graded assessments, quizzes, and writing assignments. The certificates can be credited toward a four-year degree at select colleges and universities, and are available in 100 community colleges in the United States. Course graduates also have the option of applying to over 130 companies, including Coursera, Infosys, and Google.
The Data Analytics Certificate explores analytical skills, concepts, and tools like SQL, Tableau, RStudio, and Kaggle, used in introductory data analytics roles. The certificate will be offered at Anaheim High School, Cambridge Virtual Academy, Katella High School, and Magnolia High School.
The IT Support Certificate teaches the fundamentals of operating systems and networking and troubleshooting problems using code. The program will be offered at Cypress High School, Loara High School, Magnolia High School, and Western High School.
The Project Management Certificate reviews industry-standard tools and methods including project management systems, and key soft skills like stakeholder management, problem-solving, and influencing. It will be offered at Cambridge Virtual Academy.
The Google IT Support Certificate has the most graduates of any certificate on Coursera, and 82 percent of graduates report a positive career impact within six months of graduating, according to the district.