May 11th, 2020
Since Grow with Google launched in 2017, we’ve traveled across all states, from Alaska to Florida, to help Americans get the digital skills they need to succeed. Along the way, we’ve partnered with local libraries, schools, and nonprofits to offer free tools and training to help people get the right skills to find jobs they want, advance their careers and grow their businesses. We’ve also established a home base, opening the Grow with Google New York City Learning Center in 2019 to offer free workshops and events to the community six days a week.
Though we’re no longer able to gather in person, that doesn’t mean the learning has to stop. We recognize that many people—particularly job seekers and small businesses—are facing uncertainty and looking for digital skills training to help them increase their economic potential. So we’re announcing virtual programs from Grow with Google that can help.
Today, we’re launching Grow with Google OnAir, where Grow with Google’s free programming will be online and available to everyone in the U.S. and Canada for the first time.
We’ll offer digital skills training, interviews with career experts, and programming from partners including Merit America and the National Congress of American Indians. Topics will include “How to manage your business remotely in times of uncertainty” and “How to improve your resume with four practical strategies.”
After attending a Grow with Google OnAir workshop, attendees who are looking for more personalized help can register for a free one-on-one coaching session with a Googler. This has recently benefited people like Raquel, a veteran and entrepreneur in Virginia, who worked with Amy, a Googler and fellow veteran, to update her resume. Their brainstorming session gave Raquel new ideas for how to frame her experience. And Keith, a small business owner, worked with Paige, a Google marketer, to set up his Google My Business page.
In addition, to Grow with Google OnAir, which is available across the U.S., we continue to support our team of local Digital Coaches and our network of more than 7,000 local partner organizations, so that they can teach virtual workshops in their communities. We’ve been inspired by how quickly our partners have adapted to this new way of training, and by how much demand they’re seeing. For example, we recently partnered with America’s SBDC and the Small Business Development Center of Washington State to deliver a webinar focused on business resiliency. We’re thrilled that more than 2,000 small businesses participated.
To date, Grow with Google has trained more than 4 million Americans on digital skills. We’ve seen firsthand how technology can create new opportunities for growth, and it’s our aim to ensure those opportunities remain available to everyone. Visit Grow with Google Events to find a virtual program that’s right for you.