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Google to bring its ‘Grow with Google’ Tour to Lansing
Two-day event to help Michiganders gain new, evolving skills needed for jobs in tech and across other industries, and grow their business in the digital economy
LANSING – Google announced today that its Grow with Google tour, an initiative to help create economic opportunities for Americans throughout the country, will next come to Lansing. Google will host the two-day event at Lansing Community College’s downtown campus on March 9 and 10 to help job seekers, small business owners, students, teachers, and entrepreneurs improve their digital skills.
“It’s been exciting to work with Google in planning this event,” said U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow. “During my small business tour across the state, the number one issue I hear from business owners is the need for workers with the right skills. This is a unique opportunity for students and job seekers and will help businesses meet their needs.”
“I am excited to welcome Google to Lansing and thank them for providing this valuable opportunity to Lansing’s small business owners, teachers, job seekers, and anyone else interesting in learning new skills,” said Lansing Mayor Andy Schor.
The free event will take place inside Lansing Community College’s Gannon Building from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on March 9, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 10. Capital-area residents will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on workshops with Google staff on topics such as online skills for small businesses, job search strategies, online safety and search engine optimization. The second day’s free activities will be specifically designed for educators.
Google is partnering with over a dozen community and state organizations, including: Capital Area District Libraries, the Capital Area IT Council, Capital Area Michigan Works!, the City of Lansing, the Entrepreneur Institute of Mid-Michigan, Information Technology Empowerment Center, Lansing Community College, Lansing Economic Area Partnership, Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Film & Digital Media Office, the Michigan Small Business Development Center, and the Michigan State University Innovation Center to tailor the event to the Lansing region’s needs.
“Google shares our goal to make it easier for Lansing-area job seekers to build a lifelong career right here in the Capital Area,” said Edythe Hatter-Williams, Chief Executive Officer of Capital Area Michigan Works! “T3: Teach. Talent. Thrive. has already set the goal to become the exemplary STEM region in America and employers increasingly require digital skills when they hire. This is a great chance for our community to grow through Google’s free programming.”
The Grow with Google event will feature over 14 workshops, one-on-one coaching sessions and interactive demonstrations. Attendees are welcome drop in for a few sessions or stay all day.
“ITEC is proud to work with Google to bring innovative programming and learning opportunities to Lansing,” said Kirk Riley, the Executive Director of the Information Technology Empowerment Center. “Our mission is to empower Lansing students to thrive in the 21st century economy by developing new digital skills and an interest in STEM careers. We look forward to helping our students learn from the free tools and expertise Grow with Google will provide.”
“We are excited to bring the Grow with Google Tour to Lansing. With a growing downtown and as a center for government, education, and manufacturing, Lansing is on the move,” said Rob Biederman, Google’s head of community affairs in Michigan. “Even though middle-skill jobs account for 54 percent of Michigan’s labor market, only 48 percent of the state’s workers are trained to the middle-skill level. Our goal is to arm Michiganders with the skills they need to help land a job in the 21st Century economy.”
Following the Grow with Google event, Google will explore ongoing opportunities with area organizations to build on its local commitment to job training and developing digital skills.
To learn more about the event and register, visit g.co/GrowLansing.
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