Monday, February 14, 2022
  Around Campus

By Victoria Brito Morales

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – UTRGV is one of more than 20 institutions of higher education to participate in the Grow with Google Career Readiness Program’s new expansion to better reach Hispanic-Serving Institutions.  

Google in 2021 announced the expansion as a commitment to economic equity for Latinos, with the goal of providing tools and resources that help students secure internships and jobs when they complete their education. 

Kamara Jackson, director, UTRGV Career Center.
Kamara Jackson, director, UTRGV Career Center. (UTRGV Photo by David Pike)

Google is partnering with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, and is investing $2 million for college career service centers at HSIs across the country, to train 200,000 Latino college students in digital skills by 2025.  

Kamara Jackson, director of the UTRGV Career Center, said this is an exciting opportunity for UTRGV students because it will prepare them and empower them to be competitive and transformative as they pursue their careers. 

“The addition of these digital skills helps solidify our efforts to influence UTRGV students to have a global presence and impact,” she said. “Having access to these digital skills allows UTRGV students with desirable competencies that add to their evolving wheelhouse.” 

UTRGV and other institutions taking part in the program will award Google Career Certificate Scholarships to participating students to help them continue to develop the skills needed to succeed in high-growth jobs. 

According to Google, two-thirds of the jobs in today’s economy will require digital skills by 2030. 

For more information on Grow with Google at UTRGV, contact Jackson at or call (956) 665-2243.



Grow with Google provides free training, tools and expertise meant to help people get the right skills to find jobs they want, advance their careers and grow their businesses. Since launching in 2017, Grow with Google programs have trained more than 5 million people in digital skills to support and enhance business and career growth via a network of more than 7,500 partner organizations, including libraries, schools and nonprofits.


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.