ALA: ALA receives $2 million Google. org grant to develop library entrepreneurship centers

ALA: ALA receives $2 million Google. org grant to develop library entrepreneurship centers. “Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced the funding for ALA as part of a $10 million pledge to help entrepreneurs from low-income and underrepresented groups start new businesses via access to training and capital. The $2 million grant builds on Google’s ongoing support of ALA and libraries, including the Libraries Lead with Digital Skills collaboration funded by Grow with Google, which gave ALA $1 million to help libraries provide digital skills training to their patrons.That initiative, announced earlier this year, has already supported 130 libraries across 18 states and will continue to all 50 states in 2020.”

CNET: Google CEO and Ivanka Trump announce plan to teach workers tech skills

CNET: Google CEO and Ivanka Trump announce plan to teach workers tech skills. “Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Thursday unveiled an initiative to provide 250,000 training opportunities over the next five years for Americans to learn technology skills. Pichai made the announcement with Ivanka Trump at a round table event in Dallas.”

CNET: Microsoft launches first AI hub to reverse talent flow to the coasts and bring non-PhDs into AI jobs

CNET: Microsoft launches first AI hub to reverse talent flow to the coasts and bring non-PhDs into AI jobs. “On Friday, the company announced that it’ll open its ‘first regional hub for AI’ in Louisville, Kentucky. The project will be an experiment to upskill people on how to work alongside AI and robots, and it’ll create a learning lab to prepare communities for the years ahead when AI and automation are going to disrupt the economy and the workforce.”

DoL: U.S. Department Of Labor Announces Apprenticeship.Gov

US Department of Labor: U.S. Department Of Labor Announces Apprenticeship.Gov. “The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the launch of a new digital platform, Apprenticeship.gov. This innovative web portal features an Apprenticeship Finder tool that offers career seekers a platform to search for apprenticeships by city, state and occupation, as well as connects job seekers to high-skilled, high-paying careers.”

TechCrunch: Facebook will teach the unemployed digital/social media skills in 30 cities

TechCrunch: Facebook will teach the unemployed digital/social media skills in 30 cities. “Whether it’s to “bring the world closer together” or improve its public image, Facebook today announced Community Boost. Facebook tells me it’s investing tens of millions of dollars into the program that will travel to 30 cities around the U.S. in 2018. It will teach digital job skills to the unemployed, internet literacy to those just getting online, startup methodology to entrepreneurs and customer growth to small business owners.”

New York Times: Google Unveils Job Training Initiative With $1 Billion Pledge

New York Times: Google Unveils Job Training Initiative With $1 Billion Pledge. “Google unveiled an initiative on Thursday to help train Americans for jobs in technology and committed to donating $1 billion over the next five years to nonprofits in education and professional training.”

Engadget: Google tests VR as a replacement for dull training videos

Engadget: Google tests VR as a replacement for dull training videos. “We’ve heard about medical professionals using VR to augment their suites for years, but Google is testing its fit in the broader workplace, starting with employment’s least fun experience: Training. The company’s Daydream Labs hosted an experiment to see if hypothetical new hires learned better by watching training videos or donning a VR headset and walking through simulations — and it turns out, immersive education does a better job. For this single trial, anyway.”