Mayor Muriel Bowser recently announced a $1 million Google.org grant that will help non-traditional students develop job-readiness skills needed to launch a career in the tech world. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

By Special to the AFRO

Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development have announced a $1 million Google.org grant, supporting Community College Prep Academy (CC Prep) in the expansion of their IT Pathways program.

A total of 250 learners will receive scholarships to take a Google Career Certificate training program with wraparound support, such as career coaching. The program assists people with no degree or experience in acquiring job-readiness skills that can be used in the tech fields within three to six months. 

“This partnership with Google aligns with our larger goal of ensuring DC residents have access to jobs and careers in high-demand, high-growth, and good-paying industries,” said Mayor Bowser. “We’re proud to work with Google to give more Washingtonians a fair shot.”

CC Prep was identified by Google’s philanthropic arm for their commitment to improving access to professional development and training resources. The company focuses on creating a pipeline into tech careers for students who do not fit the mold of “traditional college student.”

By increasing access to job-readiness training in tech fields, CC Prep and Google endeavor to increase the earning potential and financial health of residents underrepresented amongst the plethora of career tracks in technology.  The program facilitators believe that residents who lack a college degree, but have strong interest in technology should not be barred from the industry. 

“The Bowser Administration has always created new ways to support our residents with resources and training to help them thrive,” said Deputy Mayor John Falcicchio. “DC is the District of comebacks, and this opportunity ignites individual and collective growth. When residents succeed, the District succeeds. We are all coming back up together.”

Google designed the Google Career Certificates training program as a way to develop a stronger foundation for future employees. Once the training program is complete, the student is considered for open positions by a collection of more than 150 companies. 

“Google calls Washington, DC home, and we’re committed to investing in the local community and its residents,” said Andrew Dunckelman, Head of Impact and Insights, Google.org. “We’re proud to work with the Community College Prep Academy to offer the Google Career Certificates,” Dunckelman said.

“By combining technology and opportunity, 250 Washingtonians will be positioned to meet the demands of the labor market and access family-sustaining jobs in their community,” Hughes said.

For more information on the Google Analytics Program at CC Prep, please visit website www.ccprep-academy.org to start the application and screening process, or call (202) 770-3252 to speak with a member of the enrollment team.

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