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How digital skills training helped three friends found a startup

Whether you’re a teacher, accountant, engineer or farmer, the digital economy is transforming the workplace as we know it. According to a study by the European Commission, 90 percent of workplaces in the European Union today require employees to have basic digital skills. And Europeans are beginning to learn these skills on their own in their spare time. This is exactly what Nik Kiene, Malte Schülein and Lennart Hartrumpf, three students from Flensburg, a city in northern Germany, did last summe...
Tags: Google, Germany, Berlin, European Union, Google Analytics, Hamburg, Nik, MALTE, Lennart, Google in Europe, Grow With Google, Flensburg, Munich Hamburg, Nik Kiene Malte Schülein, Lennart Hartrumpf, Google Zukunftswerkstatt


Driving change with Rolling Study Halls

Editor’s note: We’re sharing the stories of bus drivers from Talladega County, Alabama who participate in Rolling Study Halls. This program powers their buses—along with others across the U.S.—with Wi-Fi, devices and onboard educators to help thousands of students reclaim 1.5 million learning hours. As part of our Grow with Google initiative to help provide more Americans with access to the tools and skills they need, we expanded the program across the country in 2018. In the past academic year,...
Tags: Google, Education, Tennessee, Kim, South Carolina, Stuart, Wi Fi, Talladega County, Talladega County Alabama, Grow With Google, Lexington County School District One, Rolling Study Halls, Suzanne Lacey, Kim Gaither, Munford Elementary and High School, Michelle Head


Inspiring girls and women to pursue their career ambitions

Today is International Women’s Day, and this year’s theme, #BalanceforBetter, is all about achieving a gender-balanced world. If we’re going to achieve that, it’s important to know that boys and girls begin making pivotal decisions about their future at a very young age. But education options, career interests and gender stereotypes quickly begin to widen the gap between the ambitions of girls and their ability to pursue them. This trend often continues into adulthood (a 2018 McKinsey study indi...
Tags: Google, Europe, Education, Africa, Middle East, Mckinsey, Diversity and Inclusion, Miriam Gonzalez, Grow With Google, Inspiring Girls International


How I started a new career while raising three kids, thanks to Google

Editor’s Note: Since 2016, more than 73,000 people have explored new opportunities with the Google Developer scholarship, part of Grow with Google’s commitment to help people across Europe–from Hungary to rural France–succeed in the digital economy.Zuzana, a working mother from the U.K., was awarded the Google scholarship and graduated from a Udacity Nanodegree program, enabling her to launch a new career as a web developer. She’s among 21% of all Udacity Nanodegree students in the Grow with Goo...
Tags: Google, Europe, France, Developers, Hungary, Zuzana, Google in Europe, Grow With Google, Udacity Nanodegree


Celebrating community leaders bridging the digital divide

Local leaders know their communities best, and this Black History Month we’re celebrating organizations across the country that help people gain new skills, find jobs and grow their businesses. Over the past year, through our Grow with Google initiative, we've worked with leaders and organizations in Black communities across the US who are helping to close the digital skills divide.One of these standout organizations with deep community roots is the Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Clevela...
Tags: Google, US, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Martin Luther King Jr, Carl Stokes, CLEVELAND Ohio, Colvin, Larry Williams, Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, Grow With Google, McLawhorn, Jawanza Colvin, Olivet Church, Rev Colvin, Cleveland Rev Colvin


You can pick the winner of the Google.org Impact Challenge Illinois

Last month, eight high school students in Columbia, South Carolina started apprenticeships at local businesses through a program to support homegrown talent in the area. In Cleveland, 25 high schoolers are hard at work on their internships at a local manufacturer, on a track to have a permanent job by the spring. And in Pittsburgh, hundreds of women participated in pay-what-you-can workshops, ranging from DIY synthesizer making to custom vinyl cutting.Since our start last year, the Google.org Im...
Tags: Google, Chicago, Cleveland, Illinois, Google.org, Pittsburgh, Columbia South Carolina, Southern Illinois, McLean County, North Lawndale, MATTOON, Prairie State, People 's Choice Award, Grow With Google, Google org Impact Challenge, Pittsburgh Oklahoma City Columbia


Supporting the military community for whatever’s next

In August 2018, Google made a commitment to veterans, military spouses, and service members transitioning to civilian careers. At that time, we announced a job search experience that uses military occupational specialty codes to connect service members and veterans with open jobs that call for skills developed during their time in service.In the months since, we’ve continued our work to make it even more useful for those who are searching for civilian jobs and the amazing people who support and ...
Tags: Google, Google Search, Search, Army, Kristen, Fort Hood Texas, USO, Grow With Google, Kristen Rheinlander, USO Pathfinder Program


Grow with Google is heading to libraries in all 50 states, starting today

For many people in cities and towns across America, the public library is the central place to access information, search for a job or even learn about running a small business. And librarians aren’t just checking out books to patrons—they’re providing key digital resources for their communities.At the end of last year we announced our plans to bring Grow with Google to more local communities by teaming up with libraries in all 50 states across the country to help ensure that economic opportunit...
Tags: Google, Maryland, Education, America, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Benjamin Franklin, York, Erie, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, American Library Association, Grow With Google, Google Partner Program Partners


How an IT support certificate transforms careers

A man who never finished college from Nebraska, a U.S. Army medical specialist from Kentucky and a mother of five from California. They’re three different people who have something pretty special in common: they were able to jump start their careers with the Google IT Support Professional Certificate. It’s a first-of-its-kind online program from Grow with Google, that gives you the skills to launch a career in IT support and connects you with potential employers. With an estimated 150,000 open r...
Tags: Google, California, Kentucky, America, Army, Nebraska, Google.org, Daniel, Andrew, U S Army, Daniel Anderson, Vallejo CA, Yvonne, Grand Island Nebraska, Grow With Google, Eventually Central Community College


This is how we coded: a recap of Europe & Africa Code Weeks

Computer Science (CS) education is critical to preparing students for the new global economy, but unfortunately many young people lack the opportunity to develop these technical skills. As part of our commitment to help one million Europeans find jobs or grow their businesses by 2020 and to train 10 million Africans by 2022, we want to change that. That's why this October, we supported Europe Code Weekfor the fifth consecutive year, and Africa Code Week for the third consecutive year, funding 76...
Tags: Google, Europe, Education, Nigeria, Africa, Ireland, European Commission, Slovenia, Romania, Computer Science, Gambia, Sap, ICT, Computer Science CS, Kitale, Tuzla Bosnia


Find a better balance with our tips for Digital Wellbeing

A good tool should make your life easier. That’s as true in the digital world as it is anywhere else. Today, people use digital tools to simplify and speed up tasks from finding a playground for their children to checking the weather forecast, giving them more space to focus on what matters most to them. Technology is transforming the way we spend time, and our Digital Wellbeing efforts can help you make the most of that time—so that technology fits comfortably into your life, without the unwant...
Tags: Google, Education, Google in Europe, Grow With Google, Digital Wellbeing, Pixel Android YouTube Family Link, Mario Alonso Puig, Greta Rossi


New partners and courses to develop tomorrow's workforce

At Google, we’re committed to creating more opportunity for everyone. Through our Grow with Google initiative, we’ve trained 7.5 million people in Europe, the Middle East and Africa on digital skills since 2015. But we’re doing more than just training—we want to help people put these new skills to use, which is why we’ve also committed to helping 1 million Europeans find a job or grow their business by 2020.To reach this commitment, we offer free online and offline courses through Google Digital...
Tags: Google, Europe, UK, Africa, Middle East, IAB Europe, Google in Europe, Grow With Google, Google Digital, Open University OpenClassrooms, Goodwill Community Foundation, World Economic Forum Here


Grow with Google is coming to a library near you

Since welaunchedGrow with Google a little over a year ago, we’ve traveled to cities and towns, partnering with local organizations fromKansas toMichigan toSouth Carolina to bring job skills to job seekers and online savvy to small businesses.  No matter where we went, big cities or small towns, libraries were at the heart of these communities.To support the amazing work of libraries throughout the country, Google and the American Library Association are launching the Libraries Ready to Code webs...
Tags: Google, Education, America, Carolina, American Library Association, Grow With Google


Supporting future computer scientists across Europe

Research shows that more than 65 percent of today’s students will work in jobs that don’t even exist yet—and those future roles will require a new set of digital skills. Over the past decade, the European Commission has made it a priority to increase access to learning programs that will help prepare people for these new jobs. Our Grow with Google initiative has been a part of that by helping 431,000 people across Europe learn new Computer Science (CS) skills.But developing these new skills does...
Tags: Google, Europe, Germany, Munich, Ireland, European Commission, Romania, Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, Google in Europe, Grow With Google, Ireland Romania, Trinity Access 21 Program Equipping, Trinity Access 21 Program, Deirdre Brennan, Gălăciuc


Making the change from military life to civilian life

Editor’s Note: This guest post comes from U.S. Army Veteran Daniel Sotoamaya, who shares how Grow with Google and the USO helped his transition to a civilian career after serving in the military for 20 years.I entered the U.S. Army at age 17, and I had no responsibility except for myself. I left as a senior leader, married to my wife Jen—who is also a veteran—and co-parenting six children. When transitioning to civilian life, I needed to learn how to support my family without the military’s fami...
Tags: Google, Europe, Afghanistan, Army, Jen, U S Army, USO, U S Army Veteran, Grow With Google, FORT LEE Va, Daniel Sotoamaya, National Veterans and Military Families Month


Meet Alex, the Spanish jobseeker whose app brought work to thousands

Alex Valero knew he could trust his instincts. Over the years, he had followed them to law school in Spain, then Afghanistan as a UN peacekeeper, then Zaragoza, where he was a successful graphic designer for a global sports brand. It was there he received the news that would change his life: his father had died from a sudden heart attack in Granada. An only child, Alex immediately crossed the country to be with his mother, and as the weeks passed, he decided to stay.Granada is a small city, and ...
Tags: Google, Spain, Afghanistan, Vodafone, Un, Alex, Zaragoza, Granada, University of Malaga, CEO Co, Google in Europe, Grow With Google, Alex Valero, Google Actívate, BuscoExtra Alex


A passion for roasting coffee enables a firefighter to help fellow first responders

Editor’s note: Here’s the story of how Luke Schneider--a firefighter, paramedic and business owner--used technology to grow his coffee business and share his passion with others, while also giving back to his community. Learn more about Grow with Google--our initiative to help create economic opportunities for all Americans--here, and hear more about how we are supporting First Responders Day here. Like so many Americans, seeing the heroic efforts of first responders in the aftermath of Septembe...
Tags: Google, Small Business, Kate, Luke Schneider, Grow With Google, Damien Pereira, Fire Dept Coffee Foundation


Driving change with Rolling Study Halls

Editor’s note: It’s National School Bus Safety Week and we’re celebrating by telling the story of two incredible bus drivers from Talladega County, Alabama who participate in Rolling Study Halls. This program powers their buses—along with others across the U.S.—with Wi-Fi, devices and onboard educators to help thousands of students reclaim 1.5 million learning hours. As part of our Grow with Google initiative to help provide more Americans with access to the tools and skills they need, we expand...
Tags: Google, Education, Kim, Wi Fi, Talladega County, Talladega County Alabama, Grow With Google, Rolling Study Halls, National School Bus Safety Week, Suzanne Lacey, Alabama State Department of Education, Kim Gaither, Munford Elementary and High School, Michelle Head, Stemley Road Elementary, Drew Middle School


Grab your library card to learn digital skills in Europe

Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes from guest author, director of the Ilona Kish, Director of the Public Libraries 2020 Program in Europe.When you think of your local library, you may recall the memory of getting lost in a good book , or even using a computer for the first time. Today people think of computers and smartphones as ubiquitous–always charged and at their fingertips. But for too many, computers are—to excuse a librarian’s pun—a closed book. For those unable to access or use a computer...
Tags: Google, Europe, UK, Education, Neil Gaiman, Digital, Ireland, Stockton, Norfolk, American Library Association, South Dublin, Google in Europe, Grow With Google, Ilona Kish Director, Public Libraries 2020 Program, Stockton Central Library


Helping veterans make their next move in civilian life

For seven years, I served in the Air Force as a civil engineer. My job was to make sure our bases, like the ones in Iraq and Afghanistan where I did three tours of duty, were technologically and logistically prepared for my fellow servicemen and women to do their duty in defense of our country.When I transitioned out of the military in 2014, I asked myself a question that many service members know too well: “What am I going to do next?” For seven years, I had counted on the clear role and securi...
Tags: Google, Iraq, Afghanistan, Air Force, Savannah, USO, Grow With Google, Google My Business on Google Maps, Service Brewing Co, USO United Service Organizations, USO Pathfinder Scout


Meet Abbie Turner: student, chihuahua owner and Android developer

Last year, we announced the Google Developer Scholarship Challenge in partnership with Udacity, as part of Grow with Google’s commitment to help people find a job or grow their business. Since then we've awarded more than 60,000 scholarships to aspiring coders in Europe, enabling them to develop expertise in mobile and web development. And in April, we selected 6,000 of the Challenge program's top performers to receive scholarships for a six-month Nanodegree hosted by Udacity.Abbie Turner, 22, i...
Tags: Google, Europe, Africa, Disney, Bbc, Sheffield, Udacity, Nanodegree, Abbie, Sheffield Hallam University, Google in Europe, Africa Google, Sheffield Leeds, Grow With Google, Abbie Turner, Udacity Abbie Turner


Celebrating the 2018 DT50 Awards winners

This year, we joined forces again with McKinsey & Company and Rocket Internet to celebrate entrepreneurship in Europe through the second Digital Top 50 (DT50) awards. As part of our Grow with Google initiative to provide people with new digital opportunities, the DT50 awards recognize innovative European startups and scale-up business. The awards are given under the patronage of Mr. Carlos Moedas, Member of the European Commission, and supported by strategic partners INSEAD, Ashoka and Tech Open...
Tags: Google, Europe, Russia, Berlin, Entrepreneurs, Spain, European Commission, Latvia, Kazakhstan, McKinsey Company, Carlos Moedas, Grow With Google, Digital Top, Dashmote Netherlands Dashmote, Kaia Health Germany Kaia Health, Madaster Netherlands Madaster


Europe Code Week is here

Computer science fosters innovation, critical thinking and empowers students with the skills to create tools that solve major challenges. Yet there aren’t enough students who have access to opportunities to develop their technical skills. As part of our commitmentto help 1 million Europeans find a job or grow their business by 2020, we also need to invest in equipping the upcoming generation with the skills needed to master the jobs of the future. To do this, we’re encouraging students to get in...
Tags: Europe, Education, Lithuania, Grow With Google


Building the workforce of the future: key learnings from Grow with Google

The world is rapidly digitizing, presenting huge opportunities for growth and jobs. However, many people in Europe and beyond lack the skills to take advantage of this. Inspired by the European Commission’s call for ideas to address this challenge—we committed to help, launching Grow with Google three years ago. Since then more than 4 million people in Europe and 3 million people in Africa have been through our programs, and in Europe, Grow with Google has created more than 220,000 new jobs or b...
Tags: Google, Europe, Sweden, Greece, Germany, Africa, Spain, European Commission, IPPR, Roberta, Institute for Public Policy Research IPPR, Fraunhofer, Digitale, Grow With Google, National Employment Agency, EU Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition


A father-son business is creating jobs, and spreading happiness, through socks

In 2016, Mark and John Cronin started a company with a unique mission: spreading happiness through socks. It was inspired by John's love for colorful socks, or what he calls his “crazy socks.” John has Down syndrome, and when he graduated high school, he wanted to go into business with his dad. And so, John’s Crazy Socks was born.Like many retail businesses, selling socks is a seasonal business. So to expand their customer base year-round, John and Mark turned to advertising online. Since then, ...
Tags: John, Mark, Grow With Google, John Cronin


The web is working for American businesses: stories of economic impact across the U.S.

The web is making it possible for U.S. businesses to grow and succeed. Digital tools create significant opportunities for small- and medium-sized businesses. In fact, digital small businesses are growing faster, reaching more customers and were nearly three times as likely to have created jobs over the previous year.In 2017, Google’s search and advertising tools helped provide $283 billion of economic activity for businesses, website publishers, and nonprofits across the U.S. Our 2017 Economic I...
Tags: Google, Usa, West Point, Youtube, Google Analytics, Chicago, Canada, Philadelphia, Anthony, Allan, Robert, Chicago Il, Jonathan, Philadelphia PA, Google My Business, U S Military Academy


Supporting bold ideas for creating a social safety net

We believe that technology has the power to connect people, create opportunities, and inspire change. But we also understand that changes in technology can mean significant changes in our economy and our society, risking leaving some without the right tools or skill set to adapt. That’s why, as part of our efforts to ensure that technology serves everyone, we’re supporting programs that help people prepare for a new economic future. For example, people can use Grow with Google to acquire the ski...
Tags: Google, Walmart, Aspen, Economic Security Project, OCAD University, Grow With Google, Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative, TheNew School 's Platform Co op Consortium, Inclusive Design Research Centre, Platform Co op Development Kit


Supporting CS educators in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

To ensure all young people have the opportunity to learn computer science (CS), it’s critical that educators are prepared and supported to teach with confidence and competence. Today we’re announcing grants to 31 universities and nonprofit organizations across 16 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa to provide professional development for CS educators. These grants are part of Grow with Google’s commitment to train and equip teachers with the right skills to prepare the future workfor...
Tags: Google, Europe, Africa, CS, Ireland, Italy, Middle East, EMEA, Europe Middle East, Europe the middle east, University of Limerick, Futuro, Google in Europe, Grow With Google, CS PD


$100 million for skills and opportunity in Europe, Middle East, and Africa

In March, we pledged to help 1 million Europeans find a job or grow their business by 2020 through our Grow with Google program. Given the rapid digital transformation taking place in the world today, we want to make sure that everyone has the skills to both make the most of the opportunities and navigate the challenges that this presents.Since we started Grow with Google in 2015, more than 214,000 people have found a new job or started a business thanks to the training offered. Making sure that...
Tags: Google, Europe, Africa, Paris, Middle East, European Commission, Google.org, North Africa, Europe Middle East, INCO, Grow With Google


Digital tools are the cherry on top of a local ice cream business

Just across the Cuyahoga river and south of Lake Erie sits Ohio City, one of Cleveland’s oldest neighborhoods. This is where Jesse Mason and Helen Qin came across a vacant ice cream store. They already had a mobile ice cream business, Mason’s Creamery, selling cones from a pop-up space. Now they set out to turn the 60-year-old storefront, with "sprinkles from every decade caked into every crevice," into a permanent location for their sweet treats.They had a lot of questions. From how to get a bu...
Tags: Google, Small Business, Lake Erie, Cleveland, Mason, Cuyahoga River, Ohio City, Jesse Mason, Helen Qin, Grow With Google, Aisha Taylor