Langston University teams up with Google to launch program helping students with digital skills

Published: Monday, February 1, 2021 By: Perris Jones Source: KOCO

Oklahoma's only historically Black university is getting help in their mission to prepare students for the workforce. Langston University is teaming with Google and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

The university, one of more than a dozen historically Black colleges and universities, is joining the Grow with Google HBCU Career Readiness Program, a program that'll help Black students with the digital skills they need to compete in the workforce.

“When we think about all the jobs that are posted and requirements of jobs, almost 70 to 80% of those jobs require some sort of digital skill,” said Leonelle Thompson, the Director of Career and Professional Development at Langston University. “What Google found and what we all know, too, is that there is a gap between Black job seekers and non-Black job seekers.”

Thompson said Google will offer free a curriculum for students which will supplement what her office does.

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