Introducing Google's Pathways Search Feature
Submitted by Michael Cruse on September 28, 2018 - 10:13am
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Google recently announced a new feature of its Grow with Google initiative, aimed at helping workers connect with job openings, as well as local training providers. According to Google's blog post about the new feature, "...the challenge we’re working to solve now: to help people find useful information about the skills and training they need for a job, and better connect them with local resources that can help them realize those opportunities". The post goes on to say, "We’re starting a pilot of Pathways in Virginia, where we’re partnering with leading organizations in this ecosystem including the State of Virginia, the Virginia Community College System, local employers, and many others to make these local programs more discoverable through Search". Google is also piloting this new feature with partner, Goodwill Industries. Google engineers will work with Goodwill to ensure their local education and training programs are easily found on the open web.
This is something to keep an eye on, whether you're located in Virginia, or near a Goodwill Center. I encourage those who are in these pilot regions to test how this is working, and share your feedback with us here, and directly to Google. It will be interesting to see if this has an overall impact on enrollment in adult education and career pathways programs in the regions where it is being piloted.
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