Eight of the ten state universities are taking part in a free certificate program offered by Google. The company’s online learning program is now accessible as part of a public-private partnership. It will allow state college students to earn a Google Career Certificate as they pursue their undergraduate degrees and covers fields such as data analytics, cybersecurity and project management. The certificate courses are taught by Google employees. The programs will be free only for the first year, then state officials hope the courses can be kept to a very low cost when each university determines its prices.