RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – Governor Glenn Youngkin and Vint Cerf, Google Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, today announced that the company has pledged to invest $300 million in Virginia during a an event at the Google office in Reston, Virginia.
According to a press release from the Governor’s Office, this investment has a total economic impact of approximately $8.8 billion.
Google also announced a $250,000 grant to CodeVA, the Virginia computer science advocacy and service provider.
Together, Google and CodeVA, along with other key stakeholders, “will develop a network of computer lab schools, provide computer science professional development opportunities for computer science teachers, and expand computer science resources for students and Virginia workers seeking to retrain for the knowledge economy”.
Google will also partner with the 23 colleges of the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) and five Centers for Higher Education to provide a set of professional certificates to help workers and students acquire in-demand skills and competencies.
“Today’s partnership announcement reinforces the administration’s commitment to innovative schools, restoring excellence in education, and expanding opportunities for Virginia students and workers,” reads the statement. Youngkin’s press release.
“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 students for careers in computing,” said Youngkin. As Governor, I am committed to creating workforce development opportunities, expanding our computer science opportunities for Virginia students, and restoring high educational expectations.”
“I’ve lived in Virginia for over 40 years and I’m thrilled to see Google continue to grow and invest in the area,” Cerf said. “We are 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 this commitment.
CodeVA plans to develop a network of computer lab schools, which will be based on the model of CodeRVA Regional High School in Richmond. This network will cover all regions of the state.
CodeRVA Executive Director Kume Goranson said, “Over the past 5 years, CodeRVA Regional High School has partnered with 15 school divisions in the Richmond area to provide a rigorous computer-focused education, and we know that every student in the Commonwealth deserves the same opportunities. than our students.