Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, alongside Google officials, announced big new plans for the company to invest $300 million in the state, which for over a decade has been the tech company’s home base.
As part of this investment, the company will award $250,000 to CodeVA, a nonprofit that works to expand educational opportunities in the field to all of Virginia’s students. The company hopes that the next generation of Virginia’s students will be inspired to kickstart a career in computer science with this investment, said Vint Cerf.
“Google’s investment and partnership announcement is a timely and exciting development for the Commonwealth. Code with Google and CodeVA will prepare the next generation of Virginia’s students for careers in computer science. As governor, I am committed to creating workforce development opportunities, expanding our computer science opportunities for Virginia’s students, and re-establishing high expectations in education,” said Youngkin in an announcement.
Google will also partner with the Virginia Community College Systems (VCCS), ensuring that all 23 colleges and five Higher Education Centers can provide Google professional certificates to help workers and learners gain the most in-demand skills and competencies.
“We’re committed to playing a positive role in the communities we call home, and our latest partnerships with CodeVA, VCCS, and the Department of Education to help nurture the next generation of tech talent in Virginia are another testament to that commitment,” Cerf said.