Google Launches New Python Programming Language Course with a Scholarship of 2500

Google | January 20, 2020

Google has launched a program called Google IT Automation with Python Professional Certificate. The program is designed to empower U.S. people with essential job skills in Python, Git, and IT automation with a duration of 6 months. The course is run by an online education firm-Coursera where anyone can visit and start the course online. At the end of the program, there will be a final project which will test knowledge of learners.

Today's most in-demand programming language-Python is being required by many technical companies. Due to the boom in data science and machine learning and the reason being relatively easy to learn, it has become one of the most important programming languages.

Data from a recent study says that Python programming skill bags the highest salaries among IT professionals. It opens the doors for job seekers with more than 530,000 US job vacancies, that includes 75,000 entry-level jobs who need Python proficiency.

On the occasion of launching the course, Google also said it'll fund 2,500 need-based scholarships related to IT training through Google.org. The scholarships will run through non-profits including Goodwill, Merit America and Upwardly Global.

Many top companieslike Walmart, Hulu, Sprint, and Google will consider course completers while hiring for IT roles.

Back in October 2019, Google CEO-Sundar Pichai and White House advisor-Ivanka Trump, announced a program to provide 250,000 Americans training opportunities to teach technology skills.Sundar Pichai also stated that Google's program for certifying IT professionals will expand to 100 US community colleges by the end of 2020.

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SK hynix | February 17, 2022

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