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Google is coming to the Taylor Community Library!
Google announced that it is coming to three cities and towns across Michigan this June as part of the tech company’s Grow with Google initiative to help create economic opportunity in communities across the United States. Google will kick start this work locally by hosting free, one-day events in three libraries in Southeast, Mid and West Michigan to help job seekers, small business owners, students, educators and entrepreneurs improve their digital skills.
“We know digital skills are becoming more and more essential in today’s workplace – let alone in the jobs of the future. That’s why I’m excited to partner with Google and welcome them to Taylor and our state’s downriver community,” said U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell . “With the right tools and training in an increasingly digital economy, we can connect our hard-working and talented Michiganders to more and better jobs and ensure our businesses and nonprofits can grow and thrive.”
Michigan Spring 2019 tour dates, cities and locations include:
“We know Michigan is a center for innovation, entrepreneurship and manufacturing. That’s why we have two offices in Ann Arbor and Detroit and are so focused on continuing our work like this in the Great Lakes State. By bringing the ‘Grow with Google’ tour to the state again, we are continuing our commitment to help develop a skilled workforce that can meet the needs of Michigan’s growing economy,” said Erica Swanson, Google’s head of Community Engagement .
In recognition that libraries are increasingly centers for digital skills learning, Grow with Google plans to visit libraries in every state, partnering with them to deliver digital skills training directly to job seekers and small businesses in their community. Library staff and nonprofit leaders will be trained on a range of Grow with Google’s free tools and curriculum they can use on a daily basis.
Google staff will lead hands-on workshops about online marketing for small businesses, search engine optimization and everyday digital skills. Attendees can also sign up for one-on-one training with Google staff. Attendees are welcome to drop in for a few sessions or stay all day.
Google is partnering with each of the three libraries and numerous local and statewide community organizations. Following the Grow with Google event, Google will explore ongoing partnership opportunities with area organizations to help with job training and developing digital skills.
Google launched Grow with Google in October of 2017. The American initiative draws on Google’s 20-year history of building products, platforms, and services that help people and businesses grow. Through this initiative, Google aims 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. The first Michigan stop was Lansing in 2018 where numerous ongoing partnerships were developed. This 2019 tour builds on that effort.
"Taylor Community Library is excited to partner with Google as part of our mission to enrich our community through education and technology,” said Vanessa Verdun-Morris, director of Taylor Community Library . “Grow with Google will provide small business owners, job seekers, and entrepreneurs a place to connect with others in our community as they grow their digital skills. The event also provides an opportunity for our library to showcase our small business and career resources."
“Digital skills are crucial in today’s job market. Whether you are an entrepreneur growing your small business, a job seeker transitioning to a new position, or just looking to enhance your skills in your current position, the library provides the tools needed,” said John McNaughton, Director of the Grand Rapids Public Library . “By partnering with Google for their “Grow with Google”events, the Grand Rapids Public Library is able to offer a unique learning opportunity to our patrons to give them the skills and knowledge they need to succeed.
“Whether you’re a student, a veteran, a teacher, or a local business owner, developing and honing your digital skill set in 2019 is incredibly important,” Jackson District Library Director Sara Tackett said . “We’ve made a concerted effort at JDL to offer the community programming that highlights 21st Century skills, and we’re excited to add this Grow with Google workshop to that list of programs and seminars here in Jackson County.”
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 for more than half (54 percent) of Michigan’s labor market, though a much smaller percentage of the state’s workers are trained to that level. A recent study by Burning Glass and Capital One found that more than eight in 10 middle-skill jobs (82 percent) require digital skills. Overall, middle-skill jobs average $20 per hour.
In their 2018 Economic Impact Report, Google announced that 27,000 businesses in Michigan generated more than $6 billion 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 -- like Suburban Bolt and Supply Co. headquartered in Macomb County’s Roseville with locations in Port Huron and Grayling -- 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 percent 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.
To learn more about the free event and to register, visit g.co/growmichigan . Space will be limited so attendees are encouraged to register in advance.