University wins Google grant to boost career prep

Edith Gomez
Staff Writer

The University of La Verne has been selected to participate in the Google Hispanic Serving Institution Career Readiness program, which offers digital skills training and career workshops for students to access and help them through their time at the University.  

Google will invest $2 million in the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities with an end goal of training 200,000 Latino students across 35 so-called Hispanic serving institutions by 2025. 

The Google HSI Career Program will help Latino students build their careers and increase their economic potential by launching a grant that is based on a digital skill curriculum. The program is a semester-long that will prepare students for internships, first jobs, and will help them develop real-world skills with career workshops and counseling. 

ULV staff has prepared to launch the program this academic year.

“There’s five different learning platforms (and) individual classrooms they can take advantage of,” said Amanda Miller, director of career services. “It really is the basic foundation for students to be career ready so students are ready to graduate from the University of La Verne.”

Having learned of the grant award in late May, the staff decided to do a trial run of the program in the summer. 

“We didn’t do too much about public outreach and we tested out the program through our LVE classes and to our resident assistants,” Miller said. 

The program is launching in all LVE 200 classes this year, along with an incentive to extend it to all students.

“I helped students activate their accounts and complete their learning paths in my class,” said Lierin McClure, academic and career advisor, who teaches LVE 200. 

“They had a lot of fun and (gave) good feedback … that it was beneficial,” McClure said. “It helps you grow your skill set in terms of career outside of the classroom.”  

ULV coordinators of this program plan to roll out the program to all students via email, with incentives to inspire participation. 

“I’d be interested in learning more about what the program offers for students, definitely looking out for an email of when it’s rolled out,” said Samantha Miller, junior psychology  major. “It is an opportunity to learn more about career-centered topics that you normally would not learn about outside of the classroom.”  

“I think it’s really cool that the school took that initiative and applied to have that resource available for students,” Kalanie Hernandez, a sophomore criminology major, said. “It’s nice to have resources that help us with our future that we don’t normally learn in our major classes.”

Edith Gomez can be reached at edith.gomez@laverne.edu

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Edith Gomez is a senior communications major with a concentration in public affairs.

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