Information Communication Technologies & Digital Media Sector Team

Students who have completed the Google IT Support Professional Certificate can now build on their foundational skills in a next-level offering. The Google IT Automation with Python Professional Certificate teaches students how to program with Python and how to use Python to automate common system administration tasks. Students will also learn to use Git and GitHub and how to troubleshoot complex problems.

This six-course certificate can be completed in about six months and prepares students for higher-level roles in IT, including support specialists or Junior Systems Administrator jobs. Python is one of the top programming languages demanded by employers.

Google has seen growth in enrollments across both certificate programs in light of COVID, particularly among two-year colleges. Several California Community Colleges have already implemented the Google IT Support Professional Certificate into their programs. Delivery approaches and implementation findings were discussed during a recent ICT Educator webinar, One Year Update: The Google IT Support Professional Certificate’s Impact and How Colleges Can Get Involved.

Certificate Descriptions

The Google IT Support Professional Certificate is a hands-on program designed to bring beginner learners to entry-level job readiness. It introduces learners to troubleshooting, customer service, networking, operating systems, system administration, and security — all the fundamentals of IT support that are critical for success in the workplace.

The Google IT Automation with Python Professional Certificate builds on those IT foundations to help you take learners’ careers to the next level. This program teaches in-demand skills like programming in Python, using Git, advanced troubleshooting, and IT automation techniques. Learners for this certificate should have foundational IT knowledge from the Google IT Support Professional Certificate or something comparable.

Free Access

Community colleges are invited to apply to receive free licenses for students to take the Google IT Support Professional Certificate. To apply, they should complete this brief form. These licenses are available until July 31, 2020, and expire Sept. 30, 2020, as part of the Coursera for Campus initiative.

Note that someone from each school or acting on behalf of the system will need to sign off on Coursera’s terms and conditions in order to accept the licenses, if granted. For more details on this initiative, please make sure to review the FAQs at the bottom of the form.

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