NORTH CENTRAL OFFERS FREE GOOGLE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM
Self-paced courses prepare students for IT support jobs
North Central Michigan College is offering a self-paced online course leading to Google IT Support Professional certification, preparing students for entry-level IT support roles within a few months. North Central has collaborated with Google and Jobs for the Future to ensure that enrollees can complete the certification at no cost. The college is among only 100 community colleges included in the grant.
Google’s IT Support Professional certification is regarded as a sought-after endorsement by employers both locally and nationwide, including The Home Depot, Walmart and TEKsystems, a national IT consulting firm.
Although Google estimates completion of the certification will take those with no IT experience under six months of working just five hours per week, those with even limited IT experience can complete the certification much faster thanks to self-pacing, said Michael Malleis, professor of computer information systems at North Central.
“This program provides a great opportunity for those looking to change their career or looking to expand their skillset and make themselves more marketable in a rapidly growing field, with absolutely no financial commitment and only a minimal time commitment required,” Malleis said.
The program is comprised of five courses covering key topics in IT support, including troubleshooting, customer service, networking, system administration, security and operating systems. Participants who complete the program through North Central will have the benefit of attending optional, weekly lab sessions with Malleis to learn additional material to make themselves even more marketable to employers.
North Central is offering two opportunities for participation: a spring cohort and a fall cohort, however space is limited and filling quickly. A kickoff and networking event for the Spring 2020 cohort is slated for April. Those interested in enrolling may do so by signing up online at http://bit.ly/2W1XQo4. Questions about the certification or the program may be directed to Mike Malleis at 231-348-6652.
Burning Glass Technologies, a software company that provides real-time data on labor market trends, puts the number of unfilled IT support jobs in the U.S. at 215,000, with the median annual salary for computer support professionals being $53,470.
North Central Michigan College is an open-door community college based in Petoskey, with additional locations offering classes and services in Cheboygan and Gaylord. North Central’s mission is to provide exceptional, accessible, relevant higher education of and for the community. North Central is an Achieving the Dream Leader College with a designation of Veteran Friendly Gold by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency.
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