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Helping South Bend residents build cloud computing skills

The city of South Bend, Indiana has announced they are working with Google Cloud to connect 500 local job seekers with no-cost access to Google Cloud Skills Boost through Upskill SB. This initiative will train, upskill, and certify residents in cloud computing skills to create pathways to technical jobs.

As companies, nonprofits, and governments increasingly leverage cloud computing technology to strengthen their organizations, skilled cloud talent is in high demand both nationally, in Indiana, and in South Bend. According to Lightcast, there were 27,180 unique cloud roles open in the U.S. as of October 2022. Cloud skills are the most in-demand skill set by IT departments: more than one-third of tech learners said professionals with cloud skills are the most challenging to find.

“This partnership with Google Cloud will help residents get on a no-cost path to a cloud computing career at a time when the field is rapidly growing,” said Caleb Bauer, Executive Director of Community Investment for the City of South Bend. “This will help residents prepare to take the next step in their career with Google Cloud Skills Boost and will pave the way to build in-demand skills.”

Google Cloud Skills Boost is the destination for all Google Cloud learning and training opportunities. Local colleges and universities are also able to offer free access to Google Cloud Skills Boost for students through  the Google Cloud Higher Education program. Students can request access to free online labs, quests, and courses. Faculty can take advantage of free Google Cloud Computing Foundations curriculum and coach their students to prepare for Google Cloud certifications.

“Google is proud to offer no-cost access to Google Cloud Skills Boost for jobseekers in South Bend,” said Alice Kamens, Workforce Development lead at Google Cloud. “Through this partnership, we’re advancing our work to ensure everyone has access to the technical training needed to pursue cloud computing careers.”

Those interested in learning more about the program or applying for Upskill SB should visit the Google Cloud page on Upskill SB. Scholarship recipients need access to a computer, hand-held device or smartphone and the internet.

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