DALLAS, Texas — Google has stepped up as part of an White House initiative designed to get private companies to expand job training for American workers.
The announcement was made by the tech giants CEO Sundar Pichai on Thursday during an appearance with White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump at El Centro community college in downtown Dallas.
“At Google, our goal is to make sure that the opportunities created by technology are truly available to everyone,” Pichai planned to say, according to prepared remarks obtained by The Associated Press.
“Today I am proud to join more than 350 American businesses in signing ’The Pledge to America’s Workers. ’ This will take Google’s commitment even further by creating 250,000 new training opportunities for American workers over the next five years,” Pichai says.
“We know that in order to be competitive in this world, we need to invest in America’s greatest asset, our workers, and help fill the openings in the IT field,” Ivanka Trump says in prepared remarks.
“Google’s pledge to train 250,000 Americans for the technology jobs of tomorrow helps us achieve our mission,” she says.
Google initially signed the pledge through the Internet Association, which lobbies on behalf of the industry. But the tech giant said it decided to strengthen its commitment after developing more programs.
Google is expanding the online course to students enrolled in 100 community colleges _ more than triple the current number _ in 16 select states by the end of 2020 through a $3.5 million grant from JFF , a nonprofit organization that promotes economic advancement.
The course was released in January 2018 to 30 community colleges in California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Texas, Colorado and Wisconsin. Expansion will place the program in schools in Arizona, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Mexico, Virginia and West Virginia.
Low unemployment + a booming economy has led to +215,000 open jobs in IT Support in America.
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) October 3, 2019