Middlesex Community College Welcomed U.S. Secretary of Education to Announce Google Partnership

October 29, 2021 — Middlesex Community College welcomed U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona to their Middletown campus to help Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont and U.S. Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal announce a state partnership with Google that offers the full suite of Google Career Certificates across the state’s colleges and universities system.

The event included a tour of the MxCC Ophthalmic Design & Dispensing labs and the Center for New Media followed by a panel discussion announcing that Connecticut has become the first state in the nation to offer the program.

Panelists included Secretary Miguel Cardona; Senators Blumenthal and Chris Murphy; Governor Ned Lamont; Kelli Vallieres, Chief Workforce Officer for the State of Connecticut; Ruth Porat, Chief Financial Officer of Alphabet (Google’s parent company); Terrence Cheng, President of the CSCU System; Ahmad Salaam, a star student at STEAM Train’s Mobile Application Development (MAD) Camp that was held at MxCC in 2017; Stephanie Ramos-Bauza, a student at Wilcox Tech High School; and David Tran, a graduate of UConn-Stamford who within the first five weeks of completing the Google certificates landed five job interviews.

All Connecticut Community Colleges will offer credit and non-credit courses that will include Google Career Certificate courses beginning in Spring 2022. The Google Career Certificates have a track record of helping people rapidly skill and obtain in-demand jobs. Fifty-three percent of graduates identify as Black, Latinx, female, or veteran, and 82 percent report a positive career impact within six months of completion (such as a raise, promotion, or new job). Learn more about the Google Career Certificates at ct.edu/google. MxCC is excited to bring this major partnership to students over the next calendar year.

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