The University of La Verne has been selected to participate in the Grow with Google HSI Career Readiness Program. The initiative will help Latino students at 35 Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) prepare for the workforce through digital skills training and career workshops. Through a $2 million investment in the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), the program will train 200,000 Latino students by 2025.
“The University of La Verne is honored to be able to provide a platform to help our students become ready for the workforce,” said Amanda Miller, director, Career Center, University of La Verne. “ The University of La Verne is committed to ensuring its students are provided with a high-value and career-focused education as a part of our 2025 Strategic Vision. As such, the Grow with Google Career Readiness Program will serve to supplement the strategic vision of our university.”
In partnership with HACU, the Grow with Google HSI Career Readiness Program launched in January 2022, and provides HSI career centers with funding and a semester-long in-person and online digital skills program. HACU has a track record of increasing access to education in the Latino community, and two-thirds of Latino college students in the U.S. attend one of its members institutions. The initiative combines career workshops, career counseling, and programming on design thinking, project management, and professional brand building. The participating schools will also create additional material tailored to student needs.
“Hispanic-Serving Institutions are key in educating and training students to succeed in the current and future economy, especially in light of the competitive job market,” said HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores. “Our partnership with Google on this initiative, which is expanding to 12 more HSIs, will ensure they graduate with the skills and training that prepare them for the digital workplace.”
“Every student should have the opportunity to learn digital skills for today’s in-demand jobs,” said Tia McLaurin, Community Engagement Manager, Google. “We’re proud to work with The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities to bring the Grow with Google HSI Career Readiness Program to University of La Verne to help more students prepare for the workforce and thrive as they start their careers.”
Google’s latest commitments build on over $35M provided to date to expand economic opportunity in the Latino community. Since 2013, the company’s Google in Residence program has partnered with HSIs and HBCUs to place Google software engineers in schools as faculty, and the company also hosts Tech Exchange, a virtual student exchange program that teaches HSI and HBCU students applied computer science courses.