Google is coming to Taylor.
As part of its training and economic development program, Grow with Google, the technology heavyweight will host a series of free workshops at the Taylor Community Library, 12303 Pardee Road June 10.
Programming kicks off at 10:30 a.m. and includes four digital trainings before wrapping up at 5:30 p.m. More information is available at https://bit.ly/2VYsn7H, but the high-level schedule is below.
- For Nonprofits – Discover Digital Resources to Empower Your Community, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.
- Get Your Business Online, 12:30 to 11:45 p.m.
- Using Data to Drive Business Growth, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
- Digital Skills for Everyday Tasks, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Downriver residents can also sign-up for 20-minute one-on-one coaching sessions with a Googler by dropping into the library June 10.
“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.”
Grow with Google launched in October 2017 in an effort to provide hands-on training to provided continued digital education to individuals across the country. Aside from Taylor, this summer’s Michigan-based events are in Grand Rapids and Jackson.
Erica Swanson, head of community engagement for Google, called the state “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,” she said. “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.”
With libraries acting as centralized repositories of knowledge and learning, Grow with Google looks to help expand their digital skills training offerings. The Google staff-led hands-on workshops will teach folks about topics like online marketing and search engine optimization.
U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-12th District) also offered her support for the program.
“We know digital skills are becoming more and more essential in today’s workplace – let alone in the jobs of the future,” she said. “That’s why I’m excited to partner with Google and welcome them to Taylor and our state’s Downriver community.
“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.”