IowaWORKS offering free Google training certificates for job seekers

Iowa job hunters now have access to a new professional training program designed to prepare participants for high-growth technology jobs in under six months.

IowaWORKS offices are receiving free access to the program, thanks to a partnership between the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) and Google. Participants will earn no-cost certificates in data analytics, IT support, project management and user experience design.

“Grow with Google is a valuable tool that recognizes that a pathway to a high demand career is easier than you think,” said Beth Townsend, director of Iowa Workforce Development (IWD), in a statement. “Meeting today’s workforce needs means bringing unique solutions to the table that make it easier for job-ready skills to be acquired quickly.”

Classes will take place on Scholarship opportunities will be focused toward low-income adults, veterans and their spouses, and participants in IWD’s Reemployment Case Management Program, according to a press release.

Corridor-based residents can contact the IowaWORKS Cedar Rapids office to learn more about the program.

Google is making 30,000 program scholarships available throughout the country through the Google Career Certificate Program. The program is designed to be completed with under 10 hours of remote studying per week, and participants who finish the program will earn a Google credential they can add to their resume.

They will also have connection with more than 150 employers in the Google Career Certificates Employer Consortium, according to NASWA’s website.

All Google certificates are available in English with Spanish language support.