Google partners with H’burg library for tech workshop


Google is bringing “Grow with Google,”  the tech company’s initiative to help create economic opportunity, to Mississippi the week of August 26. To kickstart this work locally, Google is hosting free, daylong workshops at libraries in Hattiesburg and Clinton to help local job seekers, small business owners, educators and entrepreneurs improve their digital skills.

“Mississippi is in a prime position for technological growth,” said Erica Swanson, Google’s Head of Community Engagement. “By bringing the ‘Grow with Google’ tour to the state, we are ready to show our commitment to that expansion in Mississippi so their workforce can meet the needs of tomorrow.”

The workshop in Hattiesburg is scheduled from 9-4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, at the Library of Hattiesburg.

In recognition that libraries have become 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 community job seekers and small businesses.

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.

Throughout the day, Google staff will teach hands-on workshops for a variety of audiences. Local businesses can learn about online marketing and search engine optimization, while individuals can attend a session focused on best use of G Suite tools .