By Leah Belsky, Vice President of Global Business Development, Coursera
Cloud computing is one of today’s hottest career paths. With companies rapidly shifting their infrastructure to the cloud, the demand for cloud computing experts is enormous. In fact, adoption of cloud technology is often limited not by cost, complexity, or security, but by the shortage of trained professionals available to fill open roles in cloud systems administration, data engineering, application development, and more.
This is why I’m excited to share that Coursera is working with Google to offer Google Cloud Platform training courses to our global community of learners. Through Coursera, Google can reach millions of learners and businesses around the world, and foster an ecosystem of skilled cloud talent. We’re honored to work with Google to achieve our shared goal of bridging skills gaps in high-demand areas.
Today, we’re launching the first course in the Data Engineering on Google Cloud Specialization – “Big Data and Machine Learning” – exclusively on Coursera. More foundational, intermediate, and advanced courses in infrastructure, machine learning, analytics, and application development are planned for launch soon. Offering these courses on Coursera makes it highly convenient for current and aspiring IT professionals, data engineers, and anyone else to access high-quality cloud training on the latest tools and technologies. Through the Coursera platform, learners have the flexibility to take courses on their own schedules both on their computers and on a mobile app.
Making this training more accessible is a major step toward creating a network of skilled professionals who can utilize the latest Google Cloud Platform technology to create innovative solutions to their business challenges. It’s also a major milestone in Coursera’s journey toward closing the global skills gap and empowering learners with career-relevant skills. By collaborating with one of the most innovative companies of our time, we’re able to offer applied, industry-specific courses that complement the holistic computer science and data science content created by our outstanding university partners in a single platform. It’s this unique combination of resources that allows us to empower learners everywhere, regardless of their backgrounds or circumstances, to transform their careers and their lives.6