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GOOGLE LAUNCHES NEW PROGRAM WITH HBCUS TO HELP ADDRESS RACIAL EQUALITY. It is part of the software company’s larger pledge to racial equality.

By Alexandra Kelley | Oct. 19, 2020

A new program has been established between students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Google to help Black jobseekers enter the workforce with advanced digital skills.

Announced on the company’s Keyword blog, the initiative is part of Grow with Google, an education initiative launched in 2017. It will work with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund to close existing skills gaps between Black students and other students when it comes to having the right technologically-savvy skills needed to obtain careers with high-growth potential.

“While the student bodies of HCBUs are incredibly diverse, HBCUs disproportionately serve low-income and first-generation students who may be less academically ready than their peers,” Harry L. Williams, the president of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, wrote in the press release. 

“The Grow with Google HBCU Career Readiness Program aims to help these students by providing funding, digital skills workshops and custom jobseeker content to HBCU career centers to help students and alumni gain the tools and training needed to secure a job and excel in the workplace.” …

The funding total amounts to $15 million, which will initially be deployed as a $1 million investment. It is a part of the company’s larger commitment to racial equality…

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