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UHD Receives Grow With Google HSI Career Readiness Program Grant

Grow with Google HSI Career Readiness Program

UHD is now one of 35 Hispanic-Serving Institutions receiving a grant to participate in the Grow with Google HSI Career Readiness Program (GwGCRP)! 

Designed to help students prepare for the workforce through semester-long digital skills training and career workshops, the program expects to train 200,000 Latino students by 2025 thanks to a $2 million investment in the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. 

“The UHD Main Career Center is proud to have been invited to submit a competitive proposal to participate in this career readiness initiative,” said Kathy Knapp, Director of Career Development. “Partnering with Google and HACU, UHD Career Centers will provide our Gators additional resources to strategically prepare for their careers in today’s digital economy, regardless of the industry or career path they pursue.”

Whether preparing for an internship or first job, students will have an opportunity to join interactive video and in-person lessons; participate in activities that help them master key digital and real-world skills; and meet with career coaches and/or peers for follow-up discussions.

About Grow with Google

Google believes that technology has the power to unlock new growth opportunities. When those opportunities are available to everyone, communities across the country can achieve its full potential.

Now more than ever, Americans need digital skills to land the jobs they want, advance their careers, and grow their businesses. Since launching in 2017, Grow with Google programs have trained more than five million Americans on digital skills to support and enhance business and career growth through a network of more than 7,500 partner organizations, including local libraries, schools, and nonprofits.

“Google is proud to work with leading Latino-serving organizations to advance access to digital skills and workforce training in the Latino community,” said Ana Corrales, Chief Operating Officer for Google’s Devices & Services. “Together with partners, like the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, we aim to help bridge wealth and opportunity gaps for students and workers, so that everyone has an opportunity and inspiration to succeed in today’s digital economy.”

“Ensuring Hispanic-Serving Institutions have the resources available to help students excel in the workforce is crucial in today’s competitive job market,” said HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores. “We are excited to partner with Google on this innovative initiative and collaborate with HSIs to offer career services for students to graduate with the digital skills and training that can expand their employment prospects.”

To participate in the Grow with Google HSI Career Readiness Program, contact your career coach, visit Main Career Center in One Main Building, Room S402, or email uhdcareer@uhd.edu

Stay connected to Gator Update for upcoming GwGCRP events in the coming weeks.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.