Weekly roundup: Anaheim Union partners with Google; OC students head back to the classroom; and more

Students in the Anaheim Union High School District will soon have the opportunity to take job-specific training courses and earn specialized certificates as part of a new — and first of its kind in the nation — partnership with Google.

The Google Career Certificates program, which launched in 2018, was designed to help prepare students for entry-level roles in high-growth fields with no experience required. The district will start by offering three Google Career Certificate options for students in the fields of data analytics, IT support and project management.

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Designed and taught by Google employees, each certificate is available on a platform called Coursera and includes over 150 practice and graded assessments, quizzes and writing assignments, the district said in a recent press release.

Once a student completes a course, the certificates can be used as a credit toward a four-year degree at select colleges, universities and community colleges throughout the United States. And as an added program benefit, graduates can also use the courses as stackable resume builders.

“We feel that these are important, transformative courses that allow a student to have hands-on, applied skills, which are needed in the workforce,” AUHSD Superintendent Michael Matsuda told the Orange County Register. “We’re very grateful to Google for allowing us to be the first in the country to have this partnership.”

And here are some additional stories we are tracking this week.

  • In related news, as more Orange County school districts head back to school, the OCDE Newsroom provides a quick snapshot of COVID-19 school safety measures and standards set by the California Department of Public Health.
  • The Medical Board of California issued a statement this week warning it may take disciplinary action against illegitimate mask exemptions. The state agency said it encourages the public to file a complaint if they feel that a physician is granting mask exemptions inappropriately.
  • To help students prepare for a return to in-person learning, EdSource reports that local schools are planning to offer grief support as part of their social-emotional learning curriculums.
  • The California Teachers Association has launched an advertising campaign that thanks parents for working with educators to implement safety measures such as masking and hand sanitizing in schools.

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