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Alexandria Library Receives Funding to Provide Digital Skills Training

Alexandria, VA – Today, the American Library Association (ALA) announced that Alexandria Library is selected to participate in Libraries Lead with Digital Skills, an initiative of ALA and the Public Library Association (PLA), sponsored by Grow With Google, the tech company’s economic opportunity initiative. Alexandria Library will use the funding to expand their technology and digital literacy programming and events.
 
Programming will take place both at the library and online.  Starting May 15th and continuing through the summer, “Online Job Hunting” will be presented at all of the library branches in the city.  If library customers can’t come to the library, an online course using Google’s Applied Digital Skills curriculum will be available to learn at their own pace.
 
“Libraries have long been America’s gathering place for learning. From learning new digital skills for the workplace, to creating a résumé or growing your business online, people are going to libraries as resources for professional growth now more than ever,” said Nicky Rigg, program manager for Digital Skills outreach at Google. “Grow with Google is excited to support library programs across the country to help ensure that economic opportunity exists for everyone.”  
 
This program is funded by Libraries Lead with Digital Skills, which was created so that local libraries can combine their own program offerings with Grow with Google training materials to offer community workshops or other activities aimed at empowering small businesses to grow online or assisting job seekers to prepare for and find work.
 
The Grow with Google initiative draws on Google’s 20-year history of building products, platforms, and services that help people and businesses grow. Through this initiative, we aim to help everyone across America – those who make up the workforce of today and those who will drive the workforce of tomorrow – access the best of Google’s training and tools to grow their skills, careers, and businesses. Grow With Google has made a commitment to deliver free, in-person workshops for job seekers, small businesses, and library staff in all 50 states. Learn more about the tour and upcoming events at grow.google/events.
 
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