FRESH OUT OF THE U.S. Navy after five years of service, Joseph Lord was looking at what to do next. Unlike the conventional image of a college student – still a teenager who recently finished high school – Lord was 24, with only limited higher-ed experience.
Fast forward just over a year later and he’s now an intern at JP Morgan Chase while working toward an associate degree. The quick turnaround is thanks to a new information technology course created by Google that he took at El Centro College, a community college in Dallas.
The certificate prepared Lord for his current Chase internship with the corporate technology team, he says. It taught him “how to interact with customers and talk to them about computers but not sound like I’m talking over their head,” adds Lord, now 25, who says his knowledge of information technology was slim before starting the certificate.