Google is reaching out to help Clarksville grow with a new job-training program called Grow with Google.
The idea is to help job seekers and small businesses learn the digital skills they need to succeed through training led by visiting Google teams, presenters and coaches, according to a news release. The training will be held in Clarksville on Wednesday, Aug. 15. Additional sessions will be held in Memphis and Kingsport.
“This program will be beneficial to our local businesses by offering free workshops that will help sharpen the skills businesses need quickly and easily,” Melinda Shepard, executive director of the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce, said in the release.
Google is in the process of building a massive new data center in Clarksville, and officials have said they want to be a community partner in programs such as this. In the spring, Google began a pilot program to put Wi-Fi on school buses serving rural areas of Montgomery County.
“Google is committed to helping Tennesseans thrive in the digital economy. We’re proud of our relationship with the state,” said Stephen Brokaw, Community Engagement manager.
Tennessee Grow with Google dates, cities and locations include:
- Monday, Aug. 13,Kingsport: Kingsport Public Library, 400 Broad St., Kingsport
- Wednesday, Aug. 15,Clarksville: Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library, 350 Pageant Lane, Suite 501, Clarksville
- Friday, Aug. 17, Memphis: Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (Memphis Public Libraries), 3030 Poplar Avenue, Memphis.
Google representatives will provide:
- Workshops focused on digital skills, coding, online safety, data analytics, improving online business presence and more.
- Available one-on-one coaching sessions on Google Spreadsheets and other GSuite Tools, in addition to Google AdWords, Google Analytics, Google My Business, Gmail and Google Calendar.
- Onsite training for library, nonprofit and education professionals on how they can use Grow with Google’s free tools and resources to help small businesses and job seekers in their own communities.
“Strong digital skills have never been more important for everyone in this innovation economy, especially for job-seekers coming to the library looking for assistance,” said Library Director Martha Hendricks.
“Grow with Google is designed specifically to help people build these digital skills, which is why we are so excited to be a partner in bringing them to Clarksville.”
In addition to its host libraries, Grow with Google is partnering with several other local organizations, including the Clarksville Chamber of Commerce, Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library, Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, and Tennessee Small Business Development Center at Austin Peay State University.
To learn more about the free event and to register, visit g.co/GrowTennessee. Space will be limited; so register in advance.