Adrian College Announces Partnership with Google

ADRIAN, Mich. - Adrian College is excited to announce a new collaboration with Google to offer computer and data science courses to its undergraduate students.  Adrian College is one of only eight schools in the United States, and the only college in Michigan, collaborating with Google on these pilot courses — courses aimed to increase undergraduate access to quality computer and data science education by leveraging new technologies and teaching techniques.

The Applied Computing Series teaches the foundations of computer and data science through hands-on, project-based coursework, topically designed to attract students who might not consider themselves destined for a technology career.  The courses leverage the tools and techniques used at Google and in the wider tech industry, while also teaching the non-tech skills needed to be successful at work more generally: critical thinking and problem-solving, collaboration, and the ability to communicate and network.

The goal of these courses is to teach students the fundamentals of computer and data science, and to also give them real world experience in applying and practicing those concepts through creative work. Adrian College and Google have created cutting edge, industry-relevant content and projects.

The learning content for the classes is distributed via a “flipped classroom” model of instruction, where students review, study, and practice material outside of the classroom before returning to class to work on collaborative projects coached by Adrian College faculty who help bring learned concepts to life.

To develop the most robust curriculum, Google is building these courses in partnership with highly-regarded computer science academics. The Google instructional team builds the centralized content and in-class projects; the courses are then delivered by Adrian College faculty in STEM-adjacent fields.

Students participating in the program will:

● Gain exposure to computer and data science and develop skills that can be applied to their own majors.

● Work with Google employees to learn about the tech industry’s working environments, challenges and nuances;

● Immerse themselves in a project-based curriculum to help reinforce the computer and data science principles they’re learning.

The first course, Foundations of Python Programming, is being offered as a traditional course on campus this fall; the second course, How to Think Like a Data Scientist, will be offered in the spring. Both of these courses are taught by Adrian College faculty with guidance from the Google Engineering Education team.

About Adrian College

A private, co-educational college of liberal arts and sciences related to the United Methodist Church, Adrian College is a traditional four-year residential institution offering a focused undergraduate education with advanced 4+1 Master’s programs. The College offers over 50 majors and pre-professional programs, 44 varsity sports and eight institutes dedicated to a diverse and personalized approach to education.  Adrian College features state-of-the-art facilities, small class sizes and an innovative approach to the academic and personal growth of its students. 

In recent years, the College has experienced momentous growth garnering national recognition. U.S. News & World Report has recognized Adrian College as the ‘#1 Up-and-Coming Baccalaureate School in the Midwest,’ as well as ranked Adrian College as ‘Regional Top Baccalaureate College in the Midwest’ and a ‘Least Debt Load College.’ Most recently, the College received accolades as a ‘Best Value School.’  Adrian College is located in Southeast Michigan, about 45 minutes from Ann Arbor and Toledo.