Google tech training coming to Hartford, CT cities

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Google says it’s bringing its digital skills training tour to Hartford, New Haven and New London next month.

"Grow with Google," the California tech giant’s economic opportunity initiative, on Tuesday said it will provide free digital skills workshops and one-one-one coaching services across the state in February to help Nutmeggers grow their career or business.

The training tour kicks off at the Hartford Public Library on Feb. 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It continues Feb. 13, at New Haven Free Public Library and Feb. 15 at the Public Library of New London, with both events lasting from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The tour is part of Grow with Google’s national tour of libraries in all 50 U.S. states to learn what Google says are the necessary skills to excel in the digital economy. The all-day sessions include hands-on courses in a variety of tech topics geared for job seekers, small business owners, educators, students and entrepreneurs.

Google staff will lead the interactive workshops discussing search engine optimization, online marketing, coding, email basics and other topics. Visitors can also register for individual training with staff and tour demo booths to learn about Google’s free products.

"Connecticut is one of our country’s most historic centers of innovation, entrepreneurship and manufacturing," said Erica Swanson, Google’s head of community engagement. "By bringing the ‘Grow with Google’ tour to the state, we are making a commitment to help develop a skilled workforce that can meet the needs of the Constitution State’s growing economy."

In addition to partnering with the state libraries, Google said it will explore other partnerships with area organizations to support job-training and digital-skills development.

Google’s 2017 Economic Impact report found that the tech company helped 14,000 Connecticut businesses generate $4.1 billion in economic activity through its search and advertising tools.

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