New York – February 14, 2022 – On February 4th, Google signed on as a Founding Partner of Michigan Central District and highlighted StreetWise Partners as a key non-profit partner in the project. Michigan Central is a mobility-focused innovation district connecting innovators with Fortune 500 companies, government entities and others in creating a hub for mobility innovation, entrepreneurship, sustainability and community development.
Google and StreetWise Partners will provide workforce development for local job seekers. Google will open a new Code Next Lab at Michigan Central and has selected StreetWise Partners to offer career preparation as well as administer its Google Career Certificate program. The program is designed to equip StreetWise job seekers with skills for in-demand fields such as IT Support, Data Analytics, Project Management, and UX Design.
Ford will join the program’s employer consortium of more than 150 companies that consider graduates for relevant jobs and will give current employees the opportunity to upskill through the certificate program that could contribute to roles in the Michigan Central ecosystem.
“By offering digital skills training, mentoring to high schoolers learning to code, and Google Cloud technology for Michigan Central projects and research on the future of mobility, we look forward to contributing to Michigan Central’s mission and all it will accomplish,” Ruth Porat, senior vice president and chief financial officer of Google and parent company Alphabet, said in a statement.
“We are honored to partner with Google to ensure local Detroiters receive the skills needed to secure in-demand jobs” says Alphonso Amos, Program Director, StreetWise Michigan. “There is so much untapped local talent that can benefit from this program, and we are excited to ensure a successful launch.”
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