California Legionnaires getting free access to Google Cloud Skills Boost

California Legionnaires getting free access to Google Cloud Skills Boost

The American Legion Department of California is collaborating with Google to provide free cloud computing skills to members of the Legion Family and their immediate family members. Through access to Google Cloud Skills Boost, the program will help train, upskill and provide credentials in cloud computing skills to California Legionnaires and their families, with the goal of leading to employment in technical, in-demand jobs. 

In November, Past Department of California Commander Autrey James announced the partnership on Facebook, calling the collaboration, “a unique opportunity made possible by Google for veterans or immediate family members looking to re-skill and get into the emerging Cloud computing industry.”

Google Cloud Skills Boost combines award-winning learning experiences with the ability to earn credentials to validate new skills. Learners can prepare for certifications like Cloud Digital Leader, which assesses general cloud knowledge, and Associate Cloud Engineer, which assesses the ability to implement cloud solutions based on technical requirements.

“As servicemembers, we face an immediate four-year educational disadvantage when we join the military,” Roberto Arnold, commander of Charles P. Rowe Post 30 in Pomona, Calif., said via press release. “With this program, we will be filling the gap and helping to ensure that veterans have a fair chance in this industry.”

The Google Cloud Skills Boost program consists of a curated list of learning paths designed to help prepare for careers in cloud. Each path guides users through a collection of on-demand courses, self-paced labs and skill badge credentials that provide them with real-world, hands-on experience in Google Cloud.

“Google is proud to offer no-cost access to Google Cloud Skills Boost for California veterans in partnership with (The) American Legion,” said Alice Kamens, Google Cloud Workforce Development program manager. “Through this partnership, we're advancing our work to ensure everyone has access to the technical training needed to pursue cloud computing careers.”

California American Legion Family members seeking more information on the program can click here.