Virginia State University to receive help from Google for career readiness program

By Eric Kolenich | Richmond Times-Dispatch

Virginia State University is starting a new program to help students become more career ready in a digitally-focused world, and it’s getting help from Google.

The search-engine giant has announced an initiative called the Grow with Google HBCU Career Readiness Program, in which it will provide 20 historically Black colleges and universities with workshops for students to improve their digital skills. Google has made a $1 million commitment to the program.

VSU, which is one of the first four HBCUs to enter the program, will be able to provide students with online classes and workshops focused on crafting a resume, creating a compelling presentation and building a professional brand.

Google also will provide a “Train the Trainer” element in which Google representatives will assist VSU career services staff and faculty who will work with the students, said Joseph Lyons, VSU’s senior director for its Academic Center for Excellence.

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