The Somerset County Library System of New Jersey (SCLSNJ) is excited to be partnering with Grow with Google to offer scholarships to System Card holders (18+) for the Google’s Career Certificate program as part of the Grow with Google Partner Program.

The Certificates equip people with job-ready skills in high-growth fields of Data Analytics, Digital Marketing and Ecommerce,  IT Support, Project Management, and UX Design. The online program can be completed in three to six months of part-time studywith no degree or experience required. After finishing the program, graduates are connected with an employer consortium of over 150 companies— including Deloitte, Ford, Verizon, Walmart, and Google—that consider them for relevant roles.

“According to the National Skills Coalition, ‘nearly one in three workers lack foundational digital skills’,” said Cathy DeBerry, branch manager. “SCLSNJ’s ongoing commitment to the digital literacy needs of our library customers is evident in many of its resources and initiatives. The public’s attainment of twenty-first century digital literacy skills is imperative in a fast-moving global economy and essential to workforce readiness. Partnerships – like the one with Grow with Google – will help SCLSNJ residents be job ready.”

Google Career Certificates provide job seekers with access to in-demand skills through job training without the need for a college degree or prior experience in the fields of data analytics, digital marketing and e-commerce, IT support, project management, or user experience (UX) design. These certificates are taught and developed by Google employees with decades of experience in these fields and are hands-on, practical, and rigorous. And, with under 10 hours spent studying a week, library customers can be prepped for a new career in under six months. 

“With job security becoming a rising priority for those in the workforce, it is SCLSNJ’s hope to try to provide resources and help to those who wish to expand their skill sets,” said Eric Alicea, library assistant. “With the Grow with Google partnership, SCLSNJ will establish itself as an anchor for the community to turn to for more than just entertainment.”

For those individuals interested in obtaining a scholarship, they must have an active SCLSNJ library card, be 18 years old or older, possess basic digital literacy skills, and have access to a computer with internet access. Google Career Certificates are offered in the following areas:

  • Digital Marketing and E-commerce
  • IT Support
  • Data Analytics
  • Project Management
  • UX Design
  • IT Automation with Python

SCLSNJ and Grow with Google’s Career Certificate program can help residents be better positioned to attain a competitively paid job in a high-growth field.

Scholarships are available on a first come first serve basis. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, fill out this application. If you have more questions about Google Career Certificates, email

To learn about other SCLSNJ digital literacy initiatives and resources, email For other questions, call (908) 458-8400. To discover all SCLSNJ has to offer, visit or connect with SCLSNJ on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube.