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Google.org Awards $2.5M Grant To USO; Will Assist El Paso Veterans, Military Members, Spouses

A $2.5 million Google.org grant to the USO will provide training and career guidance for transitioning military personnel, military spouses, and veterans via the Google IT Support Professional Certificate.

The grant will help the USO incorporate the Google IT Support Professional Certificate into their programming.  Starting on October 1st, the program will be available at the USO Pathfinder Transition office in El Paso.

“There is an opportunity to re-equip service members with IT skills as they move on to their next chapter after military service and to help address the spouse unemployment/underemployment problem with highly portable careers in the IT industry,” said Alan Reyes, USO senior vice president of operations, programs and transition.“Through innovative partnerships like this, USO and Google will be able to provide the resources and programs that support the needs of transitioning service members and their families as well as help to minimize the workforce gap in the IT industry.”

“The transition process is complex, and we hope Grow with Google’s new tools and resources can play a part in making that easier,” said Lisa Gevelber, Google’s vice president of Grow with Google.

“At Google, we believe technology has the power to improve lives. With today’s announcement, we look forward to working with America’s transitioning service members to help them succeed in civilian life.”

The IT Support Professional Certificate is a first-of-its kind program with highly interactive content, developed by Google, which provides a direct route for those who successfully complete the program to get their information into the hands of employers.

As the majority of IT support positions do not require a college degree but do require prior experience, this certificate is designed to give learners the training and experience they need to get a job in this growing field.

With 150,000 specific-IT job openings available across the United States, this program will provide an almost immediate benefit for companies seeking to fill these positions,

Learners who complete the certificate program will have the opportunity to share their information directly with more than 20 top employers who are looking to hire IT Support talent.

The group of employers includes Cognizant, Bank of America, GE Digital, Hulu, Infosys, Intel, Kforce, MCPc, PNC Bank, RICOH USA, Sprint, TEKSystems, UPMC, Veterans United Home Loans, ten members of the Walmart family: Sam’s Club, Shoes.com, Jet, Allswell, Bonobos, Hayneedle, Modcloth, Moosejaw, Store N8, Vudu and of course, Google.

The announcement was part of a series of new tools and resources Google introduced to help create economic opportunity for transitioning service members and military spouses.

Beginning Monday, service members can now search [“jobs for veterans”] on Google and then enter their military occupational specialty code (MOS, AFSC, NEC) to see relevant civilian jobs that require similar skills to those used in their military roles.

Additionally, employers can implement this feature on their own career sites using Google Cloud’s Talent Solution API. Fedex, Pepsi and GettingHired have already implemented the API on their job boards.

To help veteran-owned or led businesses identify themselves to potential customers, Google Maps and Search will offer a new attribute. The “Veteran-Led” designation will appear when searching for a place on Android or iOS mobile device or in Google Maps when they open a business listing and tap the two-line description of the business to see the attributes associated with that business.

The IT Support Professional Certificate is a key program in Grow with Google, the tech company’s initiative to create more economic opportunities for Americans. Like other Grow with Google programs, such as Get Your Business Online and Applied Digital Skills, the certificate is intended to give more Americans access to digital skills and to find success in today’s digital economy.

Already, Google has given 10,000 learners free access to the program through financial aid and Google.org scholarships to nonprofits focusing on low income learners through Year Up, Per Scholas, and Goodwill; veterans through Student Veterans of America; and refugees through Upwardly Global.

NMSU Students Among Small Group to Spend Semester at Google

As classes get underway at New Mexico State University , five NMSU computer science students ranging from sophomores to seniors are spending the fall semester at Google in San Francisco.

It’s the second year of a pilot program initiated by the tech giant. This year, they selected students from three Hispanic Serving Institutions to take classes at Google for a semester and benefit from the Google culture.

Last year, the company invited students from Howard University, among the country’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities, to learn at the Google campus.

“It’s like you’re going to school in the workplace, said Enrico Pontelli, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, who negotiated NMSU’s participation in the project. “It’s the best of both worlds merged together. It’s a very interesting design. I haven’t seen it anywhere else. This is a first.”

It’s like a regular semester, Pontelli explained. The students will take courses as they would otherwise but those courses will be attached to a project they are given by Google. They also will have Google mentors and access to professional skills training and interview sessions with other company’s representatives.

Marco Salazar, a sophomore computer science major who is interested in pursuing a career in video game development or artificial intelligence, is looking forward to the experience.

“I expect a rigorous training in the classes that I have signed up for, which is to be expected from an industry leader like Google,” Salazar said. “I understand that many of the projects we will be working on will be team-based the way it normally is in industry. We will have an expert professor teaching us, and a Google employee mentoring us for each of our classes. I expect this to be an invaluable experience that will greatly help me in the future.”

Kay Sweebe, a double major in computer science and mathematics, plans to spend time networking as the group tackles Google projects as part of the program.

“I’m specifically interested the problems we face currently with big data in our society,” Sweebe said. “A couple classes I will be taking at Google are Algorithms and Machine Learning. Both of these classes have implementations within big data to help solve some of the problems we currently face with large data sets.”

Another double major in computer science and mathematics, Vensan Carbardo, a sophomore at NMSU, has lived in New Mexico most of her life and hopes a semester at Google will expand her horizons.

“I hope that, by participating in this program, I can start getting more accustomed to being outside of my comfort zone. I don’t believe that sticking to safe and familiar routines is beneficial for anyone; especially computer scientists, and I expect that this program will help me become more comfortable with approaching problems in new and unfamiliar ways.”

Pontelli says the company is looking to diversify its workforce and find the best employees by reaching out to minority serving institutions. Three of the five NMSU students attending the Google pilot this semester are women. NMSU’s Young Women in Computing program, which has engaged thousands of middle and high school girls in learning computer science over that last 10 years, has created a pipeline of female computer science majors for NMSU.

Pontelli is impressed by the way Google has incorporated the learning experience into their company culture.

“First of all they’re going to be immersed in a learning environment that is much richer because they are going to be with students from different universities with faculty from different universities to teach within Google,” said Pontelli.

NMSU computer science students join students from UT El Paso and California State University, Dominguez Hills at the Google campus in San Francisco to take classes for the fall semester as part of a pilot project. Photo courtesy NMSU/Google

“And the students’ connection with Google is going to be developed. It’s going to be a great learning experience. The skills they’re going to get, not just the technical skills, but also the professional skills, the job interviews, the teamwork, understanding the culture. You can get some of that with an internship, but this is better than an internship.”

Jacob Espinoza, a senior computer science major, likes the idea of getting access to learning at Google without the pressure of a regular internship. “Artificial intelligence interests me the most and I think my experience at Google will give me a greater insight as to the developments in the field.

“Google has been one of the leaders in AI over the past few years as evidenced by projects such as their self-driving car program and the Google Assistant. Being at Google, I am sure I will see both the advances and the challenges that face the AI field today.”

Arianna Martinez, a junior computer science major who wants to work at Google or Amazon as a software engineer, is grateful she was among the handful of students selected for the Google pilot. “I expect to gain hands-on experience and knowledge from Google engineers that I wouldn’t get anywhere else. I hope to make friends and learn so many new things while I’m there.”

As well as meeting new friends, the students will be connecting with NMSU alumni who already have jobs at Google. Natasha Nesiba, is part of that Google welcoming committee for the NMSU group. She received a scholarship from Google as an undergraduate but turned into a scholarship for another student and earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at NMSU.

“We want this to continue and grow. It’s important that the students must have a great experience,” Pontelli said. “But we need to make sure we pay them and we need to figure out how to finance sending the students there and where they will live.”

When the students return after the semester at Google, they will share what they’ve learned with their peers at NMSU next semester. Pontelli is hopeful the program will continue to expand each year and become sustainable in the future.

“The people from Google are good to work with, very collegial, very open,” Pontelli said. “I do trust them, they’re sincere in what they’re trying to do. I think they really want to make a difference.”

Author: Minerva Baumann – NMSU

Video+Story: NMSU Student Selected for Google Internship

Have you ever “Googled” something? Chances are, you have.

Elena Davidson, New Mexico State University honors student, will be doing more than Googling something this summer. Not only will she know Google as a search engine, she will get to know the company from the inside as an engineering practicum intern.

She was accepted into the 12-week developmental program from May to August. The engineering practicum program is open to first- and second-year undergraduate students interested in the technology field.

A sophomore computer science major, Davidson will be working with a team on a software project at Google’s Mountain View, California, location.

“Google is the place to intern if you’re a computer science major or an electrical engineering major, and I am excited about absolutely everything about this internship,” Davidson said. “I’m excited to get my feet wet and really start taking what I learned in the classroom here at NMSU and applying it in the workplace. I’m looking forward to networking with these amazing Googlers and other interns.

“For a girl born and raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico, I’m also excited about living in the Bay Area for a summer.”

NMSU Honors College Dean Miriam Chaiken speaks very highly of Conroy Scholars and said Davidson is no exception.

“We knew when we were recruiting students as Conroy Scholars that these were people with enormous capability and potential,” Chaiken said. “Elena’s success in earning this prestigious opportunity as only a sophomore is proof that our expectations were accurate. Elena and her fellow Conroy Scholars are definitely going places.”

High school students who are national merit semi-finalists or national Hispanic merit semi-finalists are eligible for the Conroy Scholarship beginning with their freshman year. Students’ PSAT scores determine whether they are invited to apply for the scholarship, which is a four-year offer if a 3.5 grade point average is maintained.

Davidson said her hands-on experience at NMSU has helped prepare her for this opportunity. She was a camp assistant and research assistant with the Young Women in Computing program for over a year.

Daniela Miranda-Tellez was the program coordinator for Young Women in Computing when Davidson worked with the program.

“Elena has always brought an outstanding approach to her work through her strong desire to connect with the program participants and families,” Miranda-Tellez said. “I have no doubt she’ll do an exceptional job at Google, because she has always demonstrated a tremendous drive to succeed.”

Davidson recently began working in the NMSU Media Productions and Learning Games Lab in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. In her new position, she will assist with application development and website creation from an educational perspective.

She equated the competitive Google application process to that of an Ivy League school. She said her recruiters and interviewers emphasized the importance of the applicants’ ability, passion and problem-solving capabilities.

She also said that both NMSU and her family have provided her with much-needed support.

“NMSU has such an amazing, supportive and encouraging environment,” she said. “I wouldn’t be able to go into this internship if it weren’t for all of the opportunities NMSU has provided me. I also want to thank my mom, dad, sister and the rest of my family for their encouragement and excitement regarding the internship. My entire family has been so supportive, now and always.”

Google employs over 50,000 people in 50 countries. The company makes hundreds of products used by billions of people, including YouTube, Android, Google Search and Smartbox.

Author: Kristie Garcia – NMSU

Students, Teachers Love new SISD’s WIN Academy

The innovative new WIN Academy, which the Socorro Independent School District launched this school year, has Team SISD students and teachers excited about new approaches to teaching and learning.

The excitement was evident the first two weeks of school as students, teachers and parents alike expressed their pride in being part of the one-of-a-kind program. The WIN Academy, which is designed to help students who have not been successful in a “traditional” school setting, also has spread a greater focus on helping all students succeed district-wide.

“I see great momentum among not only our WIN students but all students,” said SISD School Improvement Officer Holly Fields. “The WIN teachers have set high expectations for their WIN students and these students have welcomed the challenge willingly.  It has become a contagious culture that all students want to be a part of.”

The WIN Academy started this year at 10 SISD schools. The program is serving about 20 students in grades second through fifth at eight schools, in third grade at one elementary school and sixth grade at one middle school.

The principals at the schools said the WIN Academy has generated lots of interest among students, staff and the community. While the campuses are adjusting to new schedules and different approaches to the school day, the overall launch has been extremely positive.

“The success we have seen up to this point is due to the commitment of all stakeholders, including the superintendent, principals, teachers, parents, students and District Service Center personnel,” said Chief Academic Officer Alisa C. Zapata-Farmer.

At Campestre Elementary School, principal Rosie Vasquez said the WIN Academy has emerged as the high point of the new school year with many students asking how they, too, can be part of the program.

“Visitors to the school are saying ‘Show me the WIN Academy classes,’” Vasquez said. “The excitement is across the campus. It’s a great thing!”

Students have experienced a positive start in the WIN Academy. They have been adjusting to a longer school day, a double dose of reading and math daily, and they eagerly started work on their new laptops and tablets.

“They love the technology. Also, students that may have exhibited some behavior issues last school year are responding with a better attitude toward school and learning,” Fields said. “They feel honored to be a part of the WIN Academy and their teachers have gone above and beyond to make them feel so special.”

Mission Ridge Elementary students enjoyed their first few weeks back in school and in the WIN Academy.

“This year we are going to use our tablets to do math, reading and science. Now, we’re not going to do it with paper, we’re going to do it on our tablets,” said Andrea Armendariz, a third grader at Mission Ridge.  “It’s the first time I’m going to use a tablet. It makes me feel good and happy.”

As the program progresses, school and district staff will continue to refine the technology, resources, scheduling and all aspects to ensure the WIN Academy achieves its overarching goal – give students who need extra help two or more years’ worth of knowledge in a fast track, demanding, flexible education system.

In addition, students and teachers are establishing relationships that will guide them toward their future success. The students in the program will be with the same teacher for multiple years so that they receive more personalized learning from educators that know them and treat them as if they are their own children.

Mission Ridge third grader Gino Salas is happy with his teacher and experience in the WIN Academy.

“The teacher is nice. She teaches us how to read and she teaches us a lot of stuff. She reads us stories. I’m going to have fun with her,” Salas said.

Author: Socorro ISD

 

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