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Google to host digital skills workshops at Iowa libraries

Google will be offering free workshops at libraries in three cities in Iowa next month: Des Moines, Council Bluffs and Davenport.

The company announced last Friday it will host three separate one-day events in Iowa from April 15-17 as part of the company’s Grow with Google initiative.

The workshops are designed to help teachers, small business owners, job seekers and startups improve their digital skillsets, the company said.

Each of the workshops are free to attend. Participants must register in advance.

Each location will have the same schedule of workshops throughout the day:

Discover Digital Resources to Empower Your Community
9:30 AM – 10:45 AM

Local non-profits will learn about the Grow with Google Partner Program, a program that offers free resources and curriculum that organizations can use to teach people in their community digital skills that will grow their careers and businesses.

Reach Customers Online with Google
11:30 AM – 12:45 PM

This workshop will teach attendees how to promote their business online by using Search Engine Optimization and Smart Campaigns in Google Ads.

Get Your Business Online
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

This workshop will go over Google My Business, a free tool for local businesses who want to connect with customers on Google Search and Maps.

Power Your Job Search with Google Tools
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

In this workshop, participants will learn how to use the tools within G Suite and Google Search to improve their job search experience.

1:1 Coaching
9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Throughout the day, attendees will have the option of 1:1 20-minute coaching sessions with Google experts about any questions or topics they’d like to learn more about.

Google to host digital skills workshops at Iowa libraries | Clay & Milk
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