Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest to provide digital skills training

December 18, 2017

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GII President/CEO Jim Gibbons announces launch of Digital Skills Initiative in partnership with Google



December 18, 2017



New initiative, funded by Google, will help people living in the Inland Northwest
advance their careers


DECEMBER 18 — Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest, headquartered in Spokane, WA, is among the 125 local Goodwill organizations that were competitively chosen to be the first to provide digital skills training services through a new initiative with Google. The Goodwill Digital Career AcceleratorSM is made possible by a $10 million grant from Google and volunteer assistance from 1,000 Google employees.

Over the next three years, the Goodwill Digital Career Accelerator will result in more than 1 million people around the United States being trained in skills that will make them more marketable workers for the digital age.

“The Goodwill Digital Career Accelerator initiative means we at Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest will have one more tool to help local members of our community build their skills and expand their career options,” said Heather Alexander, Sr. Director of Marketing and Strategic Communications. “There is no question that workers with up-to-date digital skills will be in a better position to advance in today’s labor market.”

Digital skills include basic computer skills that would be used to establish an email address, apply for a job or perform many entry level tasks. More advanced digital skills include computer support or programming, digital marketing, and cybersecurity, which are increasingly relevant for achieving well-paying, in-demand careers across the country.

“As a baseline, employers look for workers and job applicants who can proficiently use computers and other electronic devices,” said Jacquelline Fuller, CEO of “The Goodwill Digital Career Accelerator will greatly assist those hoping to get ahead in their careers and obtain the types of jobs that will remain in demand for years to come in a demanding digital economy.”

Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest will receive a $50,000 grant to fund its participation in the Goodwill Digital Career Accelerator.

With this investment, local U.S. Goodwill organizations have three options for participation in the grant, based on their current digital skills training operations, capacity to initiate, enhance or expand digital skills training, and local labor market demand. Those three options include Digital Change Agents, Digital Champions and Digital Enthusiasts. Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest is one of seventy-five local Goodwill organizations selected to participate as a Digital Champion. Each Digital Champion will receive a $50,000 grant and engage in extensive learning and technical assistance opportunities to help enhance and expand training offerings.

Ten local Goodwill organizations have been chosen to be Digital Change Agents, receiving a $300,000 grant and serving as leaders in digital skills expansion and training across the network. An additional 14 local Goodwill organizations were chosen to participate in the second cohort of Digital Champions and eleven more will be recruited in early 2018. Eighteen local Goodwill organizations are participating as Digital Enthusiasts with an $8,000 grant to participate in learning events. The remaining Goodwill organizations will be recruited in 2018 for a total of 125 participating Goodwill organizations.

To see the full list of participating Goodwill organizations and their geographic areas, visit


Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest began serving individuals and families in eastern Washington and north Idaho in 1939. Our mission is to help people overcome barriers to independence. We accomplish this through job training programs, assistance with resources, developing jobs in the community for people with employment barriers, rapid re-housing for veterans who are homeless, and more. More than 85 cents of every dollar earned from our retail stores supports over 20 local Goodwill programs, serving more than 6600 people every year. Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest employs more than 500 people and serves 23 counties in eastern Washington and north Idaho.


About Google

Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Through products and platforms like Search, Maps, Gmail, Android, Google Play, Chrome and YouTube, Google plays a meaningful role in the daily lives of billions of people and has become one of the most widely-known companies in the world. Google is a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc.

Heather Alexander
Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest


Kayla Conti
Google Global Communications and Public Affairs
Phone: (510) 517-1001