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Women on the Rise is excited to announce it is partnering with Google on the Grow with Google Career Readiness for Reentry program. 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 entrepreneurship and using spreadsheets to make a budget for your business. Additionally, the Google Career Certifications offer you professional-level training through the Coursera platform that will provide you with job-ready skills you can put to work through flexible online training programs designed to put you on the fast track to jobs in high-growth fields. Several partners will also provide job placement support or help place learners into paid apprenticeships and entrepreneur-in-residence programs.

Why is this program important? 


In the U.S., more than 600,000 people make the transition from prisons to the community each year. While many are ready to start working, they often face systemic barriers to entering the workforce. The unemployment rate for people impacted by incarceration is five times the national average. Because of systemic racism in the justice system, this disproportionately impacts the Black community, who also experiences higher unemployment rates than any other racial group. Additionally, 82% of middle-skill jobs in the U.S. require digital proficiency, but many incarcerated individuals lack digital literacy after being removed from technology in prison. The research is clear: Ensuring people have jobs is key to helping them stay out of prison and contributes to our country’s economic health.

Women on the Rise is looking forward to bringing these workshops and digital skills training to our community members FREE of charge. We want to help formerly incarcerated and justice-impacted individuals remove their own barriers when it comes to finding a sustainable job through workshops and career certifications. 


Course Offerings

We will be offering a range of courses throughout the year. The courses will include: 

  • Getting Started with the Basics

    • Learn the basics of Google Drive​

    • Learn the basics of Google Calendar 

    • Learn the basics of Google Docs 

    • Learn the basics of Google Meet

  • Job/ Search Readiness

    • Build Your Professional Brand ​

    • Improve Your resume with Practical Strategies 

    • Power Your Job with Google Tools

    • Digital Skills for Everyday Tasks

  • Online Safety and Being Online

    • Protect Yourself from Online Scams ​

    • Manage Your Online Presence


Career Certifications

The following Career Certifications are available through Women on the Rise's scholarship offering

  • Digital Marketing & E-commerce

    • ​Digital marketers use online tools to reach customers. E-commerce specialists grow online sales. 

  • IT Support

    • ​IT Specialists troubleshoot problems so computers and networks run correctly.

  • Data Analytics

    • Data analysts collect, transform, and organize data in order to help make informed business decisions.

  • Project Management

    • Project managers ensure projects within an organization are managed and completed with maximum value.

  • UX Design

    • UX designers make digital and physical products easier and more enjoyable to use.

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