SPC Joins Grow with Google’s HSI Career Readiness Program to Train Latino Students
January 24, 2022
Today, St. Philip’s College announced their participation in the Grow with Google HSI Career Readiness Program. The initiative will help Latino students at over 20 Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) prepare for the workforce through digital skills training and career workshops. Through a $2 million investment in the Hispanic Association of Community Colleges and Universities (HACU), the program will train 200,000 Latino students by 2025. Northeast Lakeview College, Palo Alto College, and San Antonio College will also be partnering.
Latino workers face systemic barriers to economic opportunity, including a lack of access to digital skills training. Over 80% of U.S. jobs require digital skills, but 55% 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 upskill for an increasingly digital economy.
In partnership with HACU, the Grow with Google HSI Career Readiness Program will provide St. Philip's College with funding and a semester-long in-person and online digital skills program. The initiative will combine career workshops, career counseling, and programming on design thinking, project management, and professional brand building.
"The Grow with Google Grant increases learning opportunities for St. Philip's College students. The grant provides students with tools to build interpersonal skills that are vital to success in the workplace, including critical thinking, intercultural fluency, professional speaking, writing, and leadership," said St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston. "Access to this additional resource helps our graduates transition from the classroom into high-wage, highly skilled positions in support of our region's economic growth."