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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)—the second-largest university in Houston—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 more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 60,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.