Google has launched a new initiative that will train 20,000 HBCU students in digital skills to prepare them for the workforce. Deets inside…
Calling all HBCU students!
Google has created a new initiative to help LEVEL UP the digital skills of 20,000 students who attend historically black colleges and universities. It’s called the “Grow with Google HBCU Career Readiness Program.” The new program will help black students who attend HBCUs prepare to enter the workforce through digital skills training.
Through a $1 million investment in the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) – the nation’s largest organization exclusively representing the Black College Community – Grow with Google will provide digital skills workshops in the career centers of 20 HBCUs, reaching 20,000 students over the next school year, according to the press release. The program will be available to all HBCUs by fall 2021.
The first four schools in the program are Bowie State University, Winston-Salem State University, Southern University and A&M College and Virginia State University. Nice!
“Today, nearly two-thirds of all jobs in the U.S. require medium or advanced digital skills, but 50 percent of Black jobseekers lack digital skills,” said Bonita Stewart, Vice President for Global Partnerships at Google and Howard University alumna. “To address this skills gap and help Black students obtain the digital skills they need to succeed in the workforce, we’re proud to partner with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund to launch the Grow with Google HBCU Career Readiness Program.”
So here’s how the program will advance HBCU students to give them a head start in nabbing the career of their dreams:
The Grow with Google HBCU Career Readiness Program will provide HBCU career centers with funding and a semester-long in-person and online digital skills program, which will become available to students in November. The program will combine existing Grow with Google workshops with custom jobseeker content for Black students, including design thinking, project management, and professional brand building. TMCF, which is contributing to the program’s design, will work with HBCU career centers to onboard the program. “We are excited to join in partnership with Google to help students at our member-schools gain the digital skills necessary in order to be successful,” said Harry L. Williams, President & CEO of TMCF. “We are confident that the Grow with Google HBCU Career Readiness program will help to move the needle and provide endless opportunities for our HBCU students.”
This $1 million Grow with Google investment is part of a $15 million commitment to upskill Black workers. Announced by Google CEO Sundar Pichai in June, the investment aims to help Black jobseekers learn new skills in partnership with national workforce development organizations.

These are the type of initiative we love to see – bettering our young folks for a brighter future. Kudos to Google for this.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic has messed up this year’s homecoming plans, YouTube is stepping up to for a virtual celebration.
YouTube Originals announced that HBCU alumni 2 Chainz (Alabama State University) and LaLa Anthony (Howard University) will host “HBCU Homecoming 2020: Meet Me On The Yard,” featuring performances from 2 Chainz, Saweetie, Chloe x Halle, NLE Choppa and Tye Tribbett with FAMU’s Marching 100 and Choir, and appearances from Desi Banks, Pretty Vee and more.
The global livestream will go down Saturday, October 24th at 8pm EST / 5pm PST on YouTube, in addition to BET. We’ll be tuned in. Will you?
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