Miami Dade College Joins Grow with Google’s HSI Career Readiness Program to Prepare Students with Digital Skills

Miami, March 1, 2022 – Miami Dade College (MDC) is among 20 Hispanic Serving Institutions selected to join the Grow with Google HSI Career Readiness Program, an initiative to help students prepare for in-demand jobs through digital skills training and career workshops. With a $2 million investment from Google in the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), the program aims to train 200,000 students by 2025.

“We are very excited to bring the Grow with Google Career Readiness Program to our students through this partnership with Grow with Google and HACU,” said Antonio Delgado, Vice President of Innovation and Technology Partnerships at MDC. “We are confident that the digital and professional skills from the program will improve our students’ economic mobility.”

Students will have the opportunity to grow their skills through a series of curated content that includes career development opportunities, professional brand training, and digital skills workshops. This initiative seeks to be a catalyst for an excelling future workforce by providing semester-long virtual and in-person workshops, free educational tools for students, and continued support for recent alumni to help them prepare for their next internship or land their next job.

“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 and Services. “Together with organizations like the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, we aim to help bridge wealth and opportunity gaps in the Latino community, so that everyone has an opportunity 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.”

The program is being implemented at MDC through its MDC WORKS Career Studio, which will incorporate the Grow with Google Career Readiness learning modules on its website so that it’s easily accessible for students. The program will also be piloted into its existing career readiness programming.

MDC WORKS Career Studio is a professional development resource giving MDC students the skills they need to successfully launch their careers and create meaningful futures. MDC WORKS is equipped with all the latest resources and support to help students launch their careers, including a variety of professional development workshops, employer information sessions, networking opportunities, virtual hiring events, resume writing, interview preparation, and access to jobs and internships from over 4,500 employers locally and nationally. The services are free and automatically available to all MDC students across the eight campuses.

Grow with Google was started in 2017 to help Americans grow their skills, careers, and businesses. It provides training, tools, and expertise to help small business owners, veterans and military families, jobseekers and students, educators, startups, and developers. Since Grow with Google’s inception, it has helped more than eight million Americans develop new skills. Grow with Google has a network of more than 8,000 partner organizations like libraries, schools, small business development centers, chambers of commerce, workforce development boards and nonprofits to help people coast-to-coast.

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, founded in 1986, represents more than 500 colleges and universities in the United States, Latin America, Spain and school districts throughout the U.S. HACU is the only national association representing existing and emerging Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). The Association’s headquarters are in San Antonio, Texas, with regional offices in Washington, D.C and Sacramento, California.