While Amazon opted not to move into New York City, Google is setting up shop -- albeit for entirely different reasons. The search giant announced that it is going to set up a temporary learning center in the Big Apple that will offer hands-on workshops and courses to members of the community. The Google NYC Learning Center, located on the ground floor of the company's offices in Chelsea, opened its doors for the first time today and will operate for the next five months.
The learning center will occupy an 11,000 square foot space and will host three separate classrooms where community members can attend a variety of different classes, all focused on digital skills. In addition to the seminar-style learning events, the center will also set aside several hours per week to host one-on-one training and coaching sessions. People will be able to ask Google employees direct questions and learn more through hands-on, focused sessions. The center will be open six days a week, and Google has listed its course schedule for prospective guests to view online.
The Google NYC Learning Center is part of the "Grow with Google" initiative, first launched in 2017. As part of that project, Google has pledged to spend $1 billion to help people adapt to an increasingly digital world and learn new skills that may place them in suitable jobs should their current career get wiped out by automation.