EL PASO, TX – El Paso Community College (EPCC) has announced its participation in the Grow with Google HSI career readiness program, which 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 million Latino students by 2025.
“Google’s Career Readiness Opportunity has helped merge the instructional component of education with career services, allowing us to engage students in different capacities at the community college level. We have students from different areas interested in developing academic skills through the Google modules. This serves the community of El Paso, Juarez and Las Cruces,” said Christian Servin, Associate Professor of Computer Science.
“El Paso Community College is committed to helping advance Latino students academically and professionally,” said William Serrata, Ph.D. President of El Paso Community College.
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 face-to-face and online digital skills program. The initiative combines career workshops, mentoring and programming on design thinking, project management and professional branding. Participating schools will also create additional materials tailored to students’ needs.
“Hispanic-serving institutions are critical to educating and training students to succeed in today’s and tomorrow’s economy, especially in light of the competitive job market,” said HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores.
Google’s latest commitments are in addition to more than $35 million contributed to date to expand economic opportunities 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 teachers, and the company also hosts Tech Exchange, a virtual student exchange program that teaches HSI and HBCU students applied computer science courses.