WTHI: Indiana partners with ‘180 Skills’ to open free library of workforce skills courses

WTHI: Indiana partners with ‘180 Skills’ to open free library of workforce skills courses. “The State of Indiana has partnered with ‘180 Skills.’ Together, they are opening a free online library of courses. These courses are designed to improve general employability skills. This includes acing a job interview, mastering Microsoft Office products, and improving communication skills.”

Crain’s Detroit Business: New digital hub to help Michigan workers displaced by pandemic boost skills

Crain’s Detroit Business: New digital hub to help Michigan workers displaced by pandemic boost skills. “A new digital hub offers online learning opportunities and other training resources for Michigan residents looking to return to work or learn new skills. The coronavirus crisis has created record unemployment in Michigan and across the country. The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity says workers who possess advanced skills will be better positioned to get and keep higher-paying and more stable jobs.”

Deseret News: New tool aims to connect out-of-work Utahns to job training from colleges, companies

Deseret News: New tool aims to connect out-of-work Utahns to job training from colleges, companies. “A new online tool seeks to help Utahns who lost their jobs in the pandemic connect to training that could help them find work in sectors that are hiring, like technology, manufacturing and health care. Colleges in Utah have long offered certificate and training programs. But the business and education leaders behind the SkillUpUtah initiative say they created a one-stop shop for job seekers to browse those programs and others from companies like LinkedIn and Pluralsight.”

CNET: Microsoft offers free digital-skills training amid COVID-19 jobs crisis

CNET: Microsoft offers free digital-skills training amid COVID-19 jobs crisis. “Microsoft launched an initiative Tuesday aimed at offering digital-skills training to 25 million people around the world by the end of 2020. As part of the initiative, the company will be providing free access to educational content on LinkedIn Learning, Microsoft Learn and GitHub Learning Lab.”

Another Casualty of the Coronavirus: Summer Internships (New York Times)

New York Times: Another Casualty of the Coronavirus: Summer Internships. “For millions of college students, internships can be a steppingstone to full-time work, a vital source of income and even a graduation requirement. But like so much else, summer internships have been upended by the pandemic, with a wide range of major companies, including tech firms like Yelp and entertainment behemoths like the Walt Disney Company, canceling programs and rescinding offers.”

Coronavirus training by text message: How some companies are keeping workers informed (CNN)

CNN: Coronavirus training by text message: How some companies are keeping workers informed. “For the past three years, Hello Alfred has partnered with residential buildings to provide a concierge-like service for residents. But on Wednesday, the company announced it is allowing people, regardless of what building they live in, to use its service for food and essential goods deliveries in more than 20 US cities. Unlike many other delivery services, its workers, called ‘Alfreds,’ are employees who receive health benefits, sick leave, and more. The company is providing workers with masks, gloves and hand sanitizer, but it wanted to do more. That meant getting relevant information about coronavirus into the hands of its workers in an easy-to-use way to help protect them.”

CNN: Doctors and nurses are using VR to learn skills to treat coronavirus patients

CNN: Doctors and nurses are using VR to learn skills to treat coronavirus patients. “As hospitals worldwide face severe shortages of health professionals, people are being called off the sidelines to help COVID-19 patients — even those with little to no experience in treating infectious diseases. To train thousands of doctors and nurses with expertise in other areas such as knee surgery or neurology — and retired practitioners reentering the medical field — some hospitals are implementing an unlikely method: virtual reality simulations.”

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: 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.”