Google Launches Virtual Classes for Small-business Owners, Job Seekers

California-based Google, which has offices in Detroit and Ann Arbor, has announced the launch of Grow with Google OnAir, a free digital skills training program that brings the resources, classes, and one-on-one coaching previously offered in-person at Grow with Google training events to small-business owners and job seekers across the country.
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Google is offering free virtual classes to small-business owners and job seekers due to economic issues caused by COVID-19. // File photo

California-based Google, which has offices in Detroit and Ann Arbor, has announced the launch of Grow with Google OnAir, a free digital skills training program that brings the resources, classes, and one-on-one coaching previously offered in-person at Grow with Google training events to small-business owners and job seekers across the country.

The virtual offering will feature versions of its most popular training workshops and special events such as panel discussions with business and technology experts that can help guide professionals’ and business owners’ strategies during the COVID-19 pandemic recovery period.

Partners including Merit America and the National Congress of American Indians will host program workshops. Hundreds of U.S. Google employees have signed up to volunteer as virtual coaches for program participants, with sessions available on a first come, first served basis.

“Face to face learning has always been integral to Grow with Google’s mission,” says Jesse Haines, director of Grow with Google. “Since that’s no longer possible, we are pivoting our resources to a virtual space that is personalized and interactive to give users an equally beneficial experience. We hope that people across the country – including jobseekers and small business owners – can boost their potential with the diverse content contributed by our Grow with Google team and our incredible partners.”

The website also allows users to search and register for upcoming events and browse an archive of on-demand events. The offering is available to anyone with a Google account.

Grow with Google’s in-person curriculum will provide a foundation for the content of the new virtual OnAir program, including product workshops for small-business owners, such as using Google Analytics or YouTube, and skills workshops for jobseekers.

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