IndyPL to Partner with Google to Kick Off Its Grow with Google Tour in Indianapolis

October 12, 2017

Google has announced its Grow with Google tour, an initiative to advance economic opportunity with skills training to towns and cities across America. Google will launch the tour in Indianapolis with a Grow with Google event to help job seekers, students, teachers, entrepreneurs and small business owners improve their digital skills.

Working in partnership with EmployIndy, The Indianapolis Public Library, TechPoint, Ivy Tech Community College, Goodwill of Central and Southern Indiana, Indy Chamber and Student Veterans of America, Google will bring in-person training programs directly to Indiana job seekers and learners. The event will take place on November 10th and 11th at the Indiana State Museum.

"I'm pleased Google has selected Indianapolis to launch this initiative," said U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly, who will be attending the November event. "I've long supported efforts to address the skills gap and train job seekers with the skills needed by local employers. Indy has grown at a steady pace in STEM and tech employment in the past decade. During this two-day training program Hoosiers will have the opportunity to receive valuable digital skills training to help prepare them for high-skill and in-demand STEM jobs in Indy and across Indiana."

The two-day Grow with Google event will feature over 20 workshops, more than 100 one-on-one coaching sessions, and interactive demonstrations. Google staff members will be on site to offer digital skills training and engage with attendees on the most current digital trends. Topics will include job search strategies, presentation skills, search engine optimization, coding basics and more. The event is designed to work around people's schedules and interests, and gives attendees the flexibility to stay for a few sessions or all day long.

"One of the recurring themes from our recent inclusive growth study with The Brookings Institution is that education and skill development are pivotal to upward economic mobility," said Michael Huber, president and CEO of the Indy Chamber. "Today's announcement by Google provides an opportunity for the workforce of the Indianapolis region to increase its digital competency and be prepared for the needs of a 21st Century economy."

"Indianapolis is rapidly becoming the tech hub of the Midwest," said Matthew Etchison, Vice President of Information Technology for Ivy Tech. "With its IT job growth rate consistently in the top 5 of the nation and a thriving tech ecosystem, the city is working diligently to create a large workforce with robust digital skills and technical prowess. Being the largest singly-accredited community college in the nation, Ivy Tech is excited to be partnering with companies like Google, to educate and train Indiana citizens to fill the high demand, high wage IT jobs."

Following the Grow with Google event, Google will explore ongoing opportunities to demonstrate its local commitment to job training and digital skills by providing training resources to Indianapolis partners. Supplying local organizations with ongoing tools will ensure that Hoosiers are prepared to fill the growing number of tech career opportunities in the state, and that Indiana continues to expand its position as one of the fastest-growing tech hubs in the country.

"We couldn't be more excited to bring the Grow with Google tour to Indianapolis," says Erica Swanson, Head of Community Impact for Grow with Google. "The city represents the crossroads of America and continues to be a hub for innovation and opportunity. By working with our amazing community partners and getting these trainings and resources directly in the hands of job seekers, teachers, entrepreneurs and small business owners, we're hoping to make a real impact and hear firsthand how Google can better support these communities as they look to enhance their digital skills and find success."

To learn more about the event and register, visit g.co/GrowIndy