Four ACD campuses join Google for Hispanic Student Readiness Program
February 22, 2022
Four colleges within the Alamo Colleges District have been selected to become an academic partner in the Grow with Google Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Career Readiness Program.
Among the Alamo Colleges selected were San Antonio College, St. Philip’s College, Northeast Lakeview College and Palo Alto College.
The initiative will help Latino students at more than 20 HSIs prepare for the workforce through digital skills training and career workshops.
Through a $2 million investment in the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) association, Grow with Google will train 200,000 Latino students by 2025.
Latino workers face systemic barriers to economic opportunity, including a lack of access to digital skills training. More than 80 percent of U.S. employers require digital skills, but 55 percent of Latinos have little to no digital skills training. Latinos are also overrepresented in jobs that are at the highest risk of elimination due to automation, furthering the need to offer enhanced training for an increasingly digital economy.
Alongside its partners, Google’s latest commitments aim to increase economic mobility in the Latino community by furthering access to the training and digital skills needed to obtain an in-demand job.
Since Grow with Google’s inception, it has helped more than 7 million Americans develop new skills. The program provides free training, tools, and expertise to help small business owners, veterans and military families, jobseekers and students, educators, startups, and developers.