FARGO - Tech giant Google is holding a daylong “Grow with Google” digital skills workshop at the downtown Fargo Public Library.

The free event runs 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at 102 3rd St. N.

Grow with Google aims to foster economic opportunity through workshops taught by Google staff to help participants improve skills, find jobs, advance careers and grow businesses.

Attendees can pre-register for specific workshops, or drop in and sign up for one-on-one 20-minute training sessions with Google staff for everything from how to set up an email account, create a resume or advertise a business.

Space is limited, so people are urged to register in advance. To register, go online to g.co/GrowNorthDakota.

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Grow with Google helps prepare people for jobs that require some skills, but not four-year degrees. A recent study by Burning Glass and Capital One found that 82% of these middle-skill jobs require digital skills. Middle-skill jobs average $20 per hour.


Nonprofits — libraries, government agencies, educational institutions, and other — are also invited to join the Grow with Google partner program. The free program provides training, tools, promotional materials and a look at best practices for sharing Grow with Google resources.

The American Library Association reports that nearly three-quarters of libraries have job development programming in place and 90% are helping patrons learn basic digital skills. Starting Monday, Nov. 4, libraries in North Dakota will be able to apply for funds to kickstart their own digital skills programming. Last year, Grow with Google committed $1 million in micro-grants to libraries across the country.