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January 30, 2019
Google Hosts Free ‘Grow with Google’ Training for Local Small Business Owners, Jobseekers at York County Libraries
Mayor Helfrich and Deputy Sec. for Library Services Glenn Miller
on-hand to address, empower participants
YORK, PA (Jan 30)–Visiting Google presenters and coaches hosted free “Grow with Google” workshops today at The Martin Library, with onsite instruction provided to local jobseekers and small businesses on integral digital skills needed in today’s business environment. Grow with Google, the tech company’s initiative to help create economic opportunities for Americans, has been touring the state delivering digital skills events. York is the second stop after Philadelphia on Monday.
“We’re excited to be in York as part of Grow with Google’s tour across America. As we criss-cross Pennsylvania this week, we’re training more than a thousand small businesses and job seekers in new skills that are critical in today’s digital economy. And, to extend the impact of today’s event at the Martin Public Library, we trained education, nonprofit and library leaders from across the region, so that they can share these free resources with their communities going forward,” said Erica Swanson, Google’s Head of Community Engagement.
Google worked with the York County Libraries, York County Economic Alliance and Shippensburg Small Business Development Center to attract workshop attendees and promote the role of small businesses and digitally savvy workers in York’s current and future economic success. Mayor Helfrich and Department of Education Deputy Secretary and Commissioner of Library Services Glenn Miller were onsite at today’s event in support of Google’s digital training efforts.
Workshops focused on digital skills that help people prepare for or find a job, as well as topics like data analytics and free Search listings that can help small businesses grow. One-on-one coaching sessions also took place with personal instruction on Google Spreadsheets and other GSuite tools.
“York County Libraries is building tomorrow’s transformative learning centers, providing the opportunity for our communities to Imagine, Discover and Connect,” said Robert F. Lambert, President, York County Libraries. “Partnering with "Grow with Google" aligns with our vision to propel York County Libraries forward, bringing people together to build critical digital skills for today's workplace.”
Grow with Google has been on a national tour in partnership with America’s libraries. The tour will host digital skills workshops in libraries in all 50 states and will aim to support libraries’ digital skills offerings on an ongoing basis. Three quarters of public libraries assist patrons with job applications and interviewing skills, and 90% offer basic digital skills training.
To extend the reach of the tour, Google launched the Grow with Google Partner Program to empower nonprofits, libraries, government agencies, educational institutions and other organizations with a range of digital skills resources. Organizations apply to the program and once accepted can use it as a hub for training content, tools and promotional materials. Partners can leverage customized toolkits for getting started, hosting trainings, and sharing Grow with Google programs and resources with their community.
Starting this week, Pennsylvania libraries are able to apply for funds to kickstart their own digital skills programming. Grow with Google has committed $1 million in microgrants to libraries across the country, through their partnership with the American Library Association.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Google for their “Grow with Google” event in York, PA. This is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs and community members to enhance their skills in an ever changing digital world,” said Cheryl Young, Consulting Manager, Shippensburg Small Business Development Center
Specifically, Grow with Google aims to help address the skills gap by preparing Americans for middle-skill jobs, positions that require some skills but not four year degrees. According to the National Middle Skills Initiative, middle skills jobs account to 54% of Pennsylvania’s labor force. A recent study by Burning Glass and Capital One found that more than 8 in 10 middle-skill jobs (82%) require digital skills. Overall, middle-skill jobs average $20 per hour.
In their 2017 Economic Impact Report, Google announced that 60,000 organizations in the state generated $8.18 billion 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.
According to the American Library Association, nearly three-quarters of public libraries assist their patrons with job applications and interviewing skills, 90% help their patrons learn basic digital skills, and just under half provide access and assistance to entrepreneurs looking to start a business of their own.
About ‘Grow with Google’
Grow with Google is a new initiative to help create economic opportunities for Americans. The program 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.