Sundar Pichai announced a $100 million Google Career Certificates fund. It’s got nothing to do with college education, and instead, focuses on giving up-and-coming data analytics, IT, project management, and UX design students the tactical tools needed to start their careers with a bang.

Total cost of studying in states 

According to U.S. News & World Report, the average cost of tuition and fees to attend a ranked public college in state during the 2021-22 school year comes to roughly $10,000. Out-of-staters can expect to pay closer to $23,000. Those enrolled at private schools are looking at around $38,000.

Over four and a half years — the average amount of time it takes to complete an undergraduate degree — total tuition comes to between $45,000 and $171,000.

Google Professional Certificates

Compare this to Google Professional Certificates, highly regarded in the tech field, which run around $230 or so per course. While some sources argue these are best used to amplify an undergraduate degree — not replace it — the low cost to entry and Google’s connection to more than 140 companies make it easy to get your foot in the tech door.

Importance to practical knowledge 

So is it just a way to hone technical skills while you finish your undergrad degree. Many big-name tech companies aren’t even requiring a bachelor’s for hire. As IBM VP of talent Joanna Daley told CNBC a few years back, they were more interested in candidates with hands-on experience.

Companies have two roles to play in education

The first is changing hiring strategy so the door is open to those with potential, but who may not have the funds to subsidize their own degrees. Financial support for completing that degree after hire goes a long way, too.

But you can also shape the educational world yourself.

Whatever the course of higher education, your efforts to upskill talent can only empower, uplift, and support those who want to advance their careers — without forcing them to pile on debt.

Src: Inc