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Google Education The Almighty Buck

Google Announces $1 Billion Job Training and Education Program (axios.com) 47

Google CEO Sundar Pichai was in Pittsburgh Wednesday to announce a new five-year, $1 billion program to help close the global education gap. From a report: Part of the program was a new "Grow with Google" program to work with U.S. cities as well as a $10 million grant to Goodwill that will see Google employees working with the nonprofit to train people in digital skills. Why it matters: Google, along with Apple, Microsoft and other big tech companies, have all launched significant efforts in recent months to demonstrate their commitment to education and U.S. jobs.

Google Announces $1 Billion Job Training and Education Program

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  • by bogaboga ( 793279 ) on Thursday October 12, 2017 @05:05PM (#55358811)

    They (Google), should try putting their efforts into being a company that actually strives not to do evil by at least paying their fair share of taxes around the world.

    That way, governments can [more] easily spare funds to educate.

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      not to do evil by at least paying their fair share of taxes around the world.

      Nonsense. Google spends their money far more wisely than the government would. They are funding education, doing cutting edge research, and providing high quality free services to billions of people. The government would squander it on weapons designed for the last war, or more benefits for rich old white people.

      That way, governments can [more] easily spare funds to educate.

      That is not how they would spend it.

      Thank you Google, for avoiding taxes, and for making the world a better place.

      • Thank you Google, for avoiding taxes, and for making the world a better place.

        If that was satire, well played.

        If not, I'm changing my name to Google. [metrolyrics.com]

      • Google spends their money far more wisely than the government would

        maybe, but how could we ever tell? most things G works on, they cancel. they are the short-attention-span company of the century (or whole modern age). never saw any entity start something, get it going and then abandon it so much as G does.

        now, back to the government. yes, they are corrupt assholes in charge right now, but there have been times when we actually got our money's worth. roads, infra, jobs programs - we used to take care o

      • by rtb61 ( 674572 )

        You do realise there is a massive difference between spending money wisely on yourself and for private companies foolishly on other people. Governments are meant to spend all taxpayer money on the taxpayer and as little as possible on themselves. It would be an interesting corporation that worked on that basis, for as little time as it survived spending money on that basis. Google has cheated on taxes some where in the vicinity of $100 BILLION. No matter how badly the government spends that money, more soci

      • by Anonymous Coward

        You can vote on Government spending but you can't vote on Google spending. That's the difference. We are being cut out of the loop by financial artifice.

  • Considering that the average Googler gains 36 pounds from the free food at the café, maybe Google should spend the money on slimming down at Google.
  • if they donated 1% of that to the Mike Rowe Foundation. [google.com]

    • I was wondering what he was doing instead of Dirty Jobs.
      • by taustin ( 171655 )

        He also does regular podcasts call "The Way I Heard It", and has an internet video thing called "Returning the Favor." But the foundation is a big deal to him, and deserving of a lot more support than it gets.

    • Mike Rowe is smarter than all the execs at Google, so thats not going to happen.
  • Yes, train everyone in the specific skills Google needs, while at the same time importing people from overseas to undercut wages, which thereby discourages people from entering IT.

    "Man, this job running cable in the Google data center is great! I woulda' been a programmer, but it doesn't pay well anymore".

  • Gotta get them in the walled garden early it seems now.
  • As in using coding languages and styles only used at Google? And unless you are very good at this Google will not offer you a job? I smell a whole mountain of rats.

  • I imagine Google is eagerly awaiting all the good ideas they will harvest from these students. I am anticipating an 'incubator' program near the end of training that sidelines students and takes control as soon as their ideas start to come to fruition.
  • Correction (Score:1, Flamebait)

    by wjcofkc ( 964165 )
    " a $10 million grant to Goodwill that will see Google employees working with the nonprofit to train people in digital skills"

    a $10 million grant to Goodwill that will see Google employees working with the nonprofit to train people in digital skills, microaggression, feminism, and why white people all need to die.
  • They assume the wrong party is at fault - the jobless - while letting employers off the hook for unreasonable requirements.

    If they wanted to make a difference, they'd be getting employers to take the people that we have.
  • Last I heard the CEO profits nicely with $1M plus USD while paying less than minimum wage due to employing handicapped individuals. Goodwill as an entity seems profitable venture while being disguised (legally) as a charity. Really is this the best partner Google could enlist?

    Goodwill is a dubious partner even if the goal is laudatory.

  • on some splashy initiatives that are easy to feel good about, and all of a sudden Google isn't evil anymore.

    Sorta like how Escobar threw around money hand over fist building apartment buildings, soccer fields, etc., to keep public opinion on his side.

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