Source: Queens Gazette

Google, along with House Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley (D-NY), Congress Members Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Ro Khanna (D-CA), led a tech skills training session on February 5 for over 40 learners at the Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey headquarters in Astoria. Joining the Members were Goodwill Industries of Greater NY and Northern NJ CEO and President Katy Gaul-Stigge, GII Senior Director of Government Affairs Laura Walling, and Google Head of External Affairs NYC Carley Graham Garcia.

The event, part of Google and Goodwill’s Digital Career Accelerator program, featured remarks from the legislators and company officials, and taught attendees various digital best practices to succeed in the 21st century economy.

Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey is receiving $300,000 in funds from Google to serve as one of 10 national “Digital Accelerators.” Goodwill will enhance their job training programs to equip their employees, job seekers, and career advancers with the skills necessary to be competitive in the ever-growing digital economy. Today, nearly half of all jobs in the US require basic digital skills; and digital-based jobs that do not require a four-year degree are growing 2.5 times faster than other types of jobs and offer 18 percent higher wages. Currently Google employs over 7,000 New Yorkers, and New York is home to the second largest Google office worldwide.

“By making the right investments today, the United States will have a workforce with expertise in new technologies, new ideas, and new jobs that will give American workers access to new opportunities,” said Chairman Crowley. “Today, the skills gap leaves us unable to adequately address one aspect of America’s unemployment problem, but with opportunities like Grow with Google, in partnership with Goodwill, our hardest working Americans can secure better paying jobs for tomorrow. I’m thankful for this opportunity to learn more about these exciting opportunities with my colleagues Rep. Khanna and Rep. Maloney.”

“The tech industry is booming here in Queens, despite businesses often struggling to identify trained workers to fill open jobs,” said Maloney. “That is why Grow with Google is such an amazing resource for our entire city, as their skills and job training workshops help people develop the knowledge and experience today’s businesses need. The partnership between Goodwill, the largest workforce development organization in the United States, and Google is a match made in heaven. It was truly a privilege to join Chairman Crowley and Congressman Khanna at the Google Training Center at Goodwill’s headquarters in my district to see the great work that is being done here.”

“It was a pleasure to join my colleagues Rep. Crowley and Rep. Maloney while working with partners Google and Goodwill to provide the job training skills of the future,” said. Congressman Khanna. “Technology-based jobs are the future of a prosperous American economy. We must continue to make the proper investments and ensure that communities like Astoria have the skills they need to participate and thrive.”

Monday’s event was part of Grow with Google, a new initiative to help create professional opportunities for Americans in the digital economy. As part of the program, Google.org designated $10 million in grants for a workforce development initiative with Goodwill Industries called the Goodwill Digital Career Accelerator— including $300,000 for work with Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey. Google has committed to providing 1,000 staff volunteers to lead digital skills training sessions around the nation, equipping employees with necessary skills for career advancement and future job placement. Google.org’s grant to Goodwill will support 125 Goodwills across the country over the next three years, and provide training to 1.2 million people.