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The O.L.L.I.E. Initiative is a Grow With Google Partner. We’ve launched our Career Readiness for Reentry Program: Helping previously incarcerated individuals gain practical digital skills.
Why is this program important? Economic opportunity should be available to everyone. For the more than 600,000 people who leave prison every year in the U.S., finding a job is a top priority — and a challenge, especially when a lack of digital skills makes it difficult to compete.
The unemployment rate of people impacted by incarceration is five times higher than average, and Black men and women who have been previously incarcerated face disproportionately higher unemployment rates than other demographic groups. This is why we’re partnering with Google to serve people affected by incarceration to help them develop the digital skills they need to successfully find a job or start a business. In the United States, about 600,000 people leave prison each year. With the support and expertise of our nonprofit partners, we have identified five key Learning Paths to help individuals re-entering the workforce prepare for and find jobs. We hope this free training will help these individuals learn critical digital skills for the evolving job market. Path 1: Getting Started with the Basics Path 2: Job Search Path 3: Job Readiness Path 4: Online Safety Path 5: “Next Step" Job Readiness Skills
The Grow with Google Career Readiness for Reentry program provides free training on digital fundamentals — like how to search and apply for jobs online, how to make a resume using web-based tools and how to send professional emails — as well as more advanced topics like including entrepreneurship and using spreadsheets to make a budget for your business. Several partners will also provide job placement support or help place learners into paid apprenticeships and entrepreneur-in-residence programs.
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