Google in partnership with Coursers an online education start-up will be launching a new IT course today, January 17.
The IT course will train IT score professionals.
The programme which is being launched globally, will offer courses initially only in English .
Students offering this course will be expected to complete the course between eight to 12months at $49 per month.
Google is said to be offering financial aid to 10,000 people based on need as well as through charitable partnerships.
Although it a global course the financial aid is said to be open to only those in the US.
The course was written by Googlers for the Coursera platform to teach and then test across six fundamental areas of customer support.
This includes troubleshooting and customer service, networking, operating systems, system administration, automation, and security.
However, no prior IT experience is needed to qualify one to register.
According to Coursera, the IT Support course is part of a larger strategic push for the startup to promote more vocational training alongside the company’s academic mandate.
It is working with 150 universities to offer the courses, and has its roots more in academia.
In this, it’s targeting both students looking for jobs, and also businesses as part of its Coursera for Business offering.
It’s also a way to tease out other potential business lines for the company in areas like career placement.
After you finish the course, Coursera can then help you find (but does not guarantee) a job, tapping its partner network of businesses, which includes Bank of America, Walmart, Sprint, GE Digital, PNC Bank, Infosys, TEKSystems, UPMC, and Google.