Senator Roger Wicker on-hand to address, empower participants
Visiting Google presenters and coaches hosted free ‘Grow with Google’ workshops today at the Clinton Quisenberry Public Library, with onsite instruction provided to over 100 local jobseekers, small business, and nonprofit leaders on integral digital skills necessary in today’s business environment. Grow with Google is the tech company’s initiative to help create economic opportunities for people across America.
“We’re excited to have helped Clinton residents learn new skills through in person ‘Grow with Google’ workshops that bring to life some of the professional skills that are critical in today’s digital economy. To extend the impact of today’s event, we also trained representatives from libraries, schools, and nonprofits across the region and shared information on the ‘Grow with Google’ partner program so that they can continue to share these free resources with their communities going forward,” said Tia McLaurin, Grow with Google spokesperson.
Google worked with Clinton organizations to attract attendees for a full day of workshops sharing how local businesses and residents can use free Google tools and resources to find the jobs they want, advance their careers and grow their businesses. Clinton nonprofits – libraries, government agencies, educational institutions and more – were also introduced to the Google Partner Program; a free network for local organizations which provides a range of training content, tools and promotional materials and best practices to continue sharing ‘Grow with Google’ resources with their community. ‘Grow with Google’ currently has over 5,000 partner organizations enrolled nationwide, and is growing with each workshop.
Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker was onsite at today’s event in support of Google’s digital training efforts.
“Today’s event offered Mississippians the opportunity to strengthen their digital skills, advance their careers, and grow their businesses,” said Wicker. “I appreciate Google, the Jackson Hinds Library System, and all of the partner organizations that are working together to help our state thrive in the digital economy.”
The stop in Clinton is part of a broader Grow with Google national effort to bring in-person ‘Grow with Google’ workshops to job seekers and small businesses across the country. Specifically, ‘Grow with Google’ aims to help address the skills gap by preparing Americans for middle-skill jobs, which typically require technical knowledge, but not necessarily four year degrees. Since launching in October, 2017, ‘Grow with Google’ has trained more than three million Americans across 38 states and 73 cities or towns.
Public libraries have been natural and valuable partners in bringing ‘Grow with Google’ resources to communities across the country. According to the American Library Association, nearly three-quarters of libraries already have job development programming in place and 90% are helping patrons learn basic digital skills. On September 2, libraries in Mississippi will be able to apply for funds to kickstart their own digital skills programming. Last year, Grow with Google committed $1 million in micro grants to libraries across the country, through their partnership with the American Library Association.
“I was very impressed by the team’s terrific organizational skills, as well as the content and the courses. This is information that most businesses and job seekers can use. I’m excited to implement the Grow with Google partner program in our library system. This will give our branch staff the ability to offer tech training where it hasn’t been available in the past.”
In their 2018 Economic Impact Report, Google announced that 3,100 organizations in the state generated $168 million dollars in economic activity by using Google’s search and advertising tools. The full report details Google’s economic impact state-by-state, and features the stories of businesses fueling that growth, creating job opportunities, and transforming their communities.
About ‘Grow with Google’
Grow with Google draws on Google’s 20-year history of building products, platforms, and services that help people and businesses grow. Through this initiative, we aim to help everyone across America – those who make up the workforce of today and those who will drive the workforce of tomorrow – access the best of Google’s training and tools to grow their skills, careers, and businesses. For more information, please visit Google.com/Grow.