Google announces $1B job training and education grants

More than 200 people gathered at Google's Pittsburgh headquarters on Thursday Oct. 12 2017 for the launch of new economic programs

More than 200 people gathered at Google's Pittsburgh headquarters on Thursday Oct. 12 2017 for the launch of new economic programs

Led by Google's CEO Sundar Pichai and elected officials, including Governor Wolf and Mayor Peduto, Google announced its "Grow with Google" initiative at its Bakery Square headquarters in Larimer on Thursday.

CEO Sundar Pichai announced the goal Thursday morning in Pittsburgh, the city where he arrived in the USA from India 24 years ago. "It's a big problem, and at Google whenever we see a big problem, we ask how we can make it easier for everyone to solve it".

Google says over the next five years it will spend $1 billion on nonprofit organizations helping to raise education levels around the world and commit its employees to a million hours of volunteer work doing the same.

The Grow with Google initiative will work with USA communities to provide job skills and small business growth advice. Meanwhile, a thousand Googlers in partnership with Goodwill will help train 1.2 million people over the next three years.

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