Google pledged Thursday (Oct. 3) to help train a quarter of a million people for technology jobs, adding its name to a White House initiative designed to get private companies to expand training opportunities for Americans.
CEO Sundar Pichai announced the commitment during an appearance with White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump at El Centro community college in Dallas.
Google is also expanding a program it developed to prepare people for entry-level jobs in information technology support in less than six months — no college degree or prior experience required, Pichai said.
More than 85,000 students have enrolled in the course since its launch in January 2018.
Expanding the course and creating another pathway to the fast-growing, high-paying field of IT support is part of the tech giant's decision to join more than 350 U.S. companies and add its name to the Trump administration's "Pledge to America's Workers."
In July 2018, President Trump created the National Council for the American Worker and the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board.
To date, more than 350 companies have committed to train and retrain more than 14 million students and workers since Trump introduced the pledge.
From Associated Press
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