Pittsburgh, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today joined Google CEO Sundar Pichai, local officials, and state lawmakers to announce the company’s plans to launch a new digital skills initiative to help teachers, students, job seekers, and small businesses nationwide.
“In Pennsylvania, we can speak firsthand to the importance of initiatives like this that unite resources and expertise from corporations, non-profits, and the public sector to create a big impact,” said Governor Wolf. “I want to thank Google for being our partner in the next era of Pennsylvania’s success and for their investment not just in our economy – but now our workforce as well.”
The new initiative, Grow with Google, was created to leverage the company’s resources in an effort to support workforce and business development nationwide through resources such as:
- Funding for and partnerships with nonprofit organizations focused on creating economic opportunity, locally, and nationally;
- New resources to help small businesses harness the power of the web to grow and thrive online;
- New resources and partnerships to help more learn tech-related skills;
- And new resources and partnerships to help close the digital divide in schools.
“Pennsylvania is home to many innovative and cutting-edge businesses, such as Google, and this new initiative pairs nicely with the adaptions that we’re making on the state level to ensure students and workers have the skills for today’s high-demand jobs and that Pennsylvania remains a leader in STEM education,” said Governor Wolf.
The commonwealth has been recognized as a national leader in STEM education ranking 4th nationally in the number of STEM graduates, in the top 10 of states for technology and innovation, and is in the top 10 of states for STEM jobs.
Pennsylvania has made important progress in delivering more resources to schools and classrooms, and fostering collaborative, cross-sector dialogue to support STEM education, work-based learning, career pathways, and college access and completion. Since 2009, the number of graduates from Pennsylvania’s 14 public four-year universities earning degrees in STEM and Health majors (STEM-H) has increased 37 percent. Today, nearly one in four bachelor’s degrees awarded by the State System are STEM-H degrees.
While on site Google announced specific plans for the initiative in the Pittsburgh region, including a program that will allocate funding for Pittsburgh area nonprofits that use innovation and technology to grow economic opportunity in the area and a pilot program that brings coaching and technology to teachers at eleven schools in the Allegheny County.