Google certificates instead of college

Inc Magazine writes,

The three new programs Google is offering, together with the median annual wage for each position (as quoted by Google), are:

Project manager ($93,000)
Data analyst ($66,000)
UX designer ($75,000)
Google claims the programs “equip participants with the essential skills they need to get a job,” with “no degree or prior experience required to take the courses.” Each course is designed and taught by Google employees who are working in the respective fields.

The courses take only 6 months and cost way, way, less than going to college. They are not a status symbol for parents (nobody is bragging that their kid got into Google), but still. . .