October 12, 2017 Economy, Education, Innovation, Jobs That Pay, Press Release, Schools That Teach Pittsburgh, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today joined Google CEO Sundar Pichai, local officials, and state lawmakers to announce the company’s plans to launch a new digital skills initiative to help teachers, students, job seekers, and small businesses nationwide.“In Pennsylvania, we can speak firsthand to the importance of initiatives like this that unite resources and expertise from corporations, non-profits, and the public sector to create a big impact,” said Governor Wolf. “I want to thank Google for being our partner in the next era of Pennsylvania’s success and for their investment not just in our economy – but now our workforce as well.”The new initiative, Grow with Google, was created to leverage the company’s resources in an effort to support workforce and business development nationwide through resources such as:Funding for and partnerships with nonprofit organizations focused on creating economic opportunity, locally, and nationally;New resources to help small businesses harness the power of the web to grow and thrive online;New resources and partnerships to help more learn tech-related skills;And new resources and partnerships to help close the digital divide in schools.“Pennsylvania is home to many innovative and cutting-edge businesses, such as Google, and this new initiative pairs nicely with the adaptions that we’re making on the state level to ensure students and workers have the skills for today’s high-demand jobs and that Pennsylvania remains a leader in STEM education,” said Governor Wolf.The commonwealth has been recognized as a national leader in STEM education ranking 4th nationally in the number of STEM graduates, in the top 10 of states for technology and innovation, and is in the top 10 of states for STEM jobs.Pennsylvania has made important progress in delivering more resources to schools and classrooms, and fostering collaborative, cross-sector dialogue to support STEM education, work-based learning, career pathways, and college access and completion. Since 2009, the number of graduates from Pennsylvania’s 14 public four-year universities earning degrees in STEM and Health majors (STEM-H) has increased 37 percent. Today, nearly one in four bachelor’s degrees awarded by the State System are STEM-H degrees.While on site Google announced specific plans for the initiative in the Pittsburgh region, including a program that will allocate funding for Pittsburgh area nonprofits that use innovation and technology to grow economic opportunity in the area and a pilot program that brings coaching and technology to teachers at eleven schools in the Allegheny County. Governor Wolf Announces Google to Invest in Workforce, Business Development SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
=== other Big 12 Tournament games today1:30 — #1 seed Kansas State vs. #8 seed TCU6:00 — #2 seed Texas Tech vs. #10 seed West Virginia8:00 — #3 seed Kansas vs. #6 seed Texas BOONE — The Iowa High School Athletic Association’s Board of Control has named Tom Keating as their next executive director starting on July 1st. Keating is currently the president at Xavier High School in Cedar Rapids. A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Keating began his career as a teacher and coach at Maxwell High School in 1977 before starting an award-winning run as a teacher, coach, and activities director at Wahlert, Dubuque in 1980. Wahlert won 11 state volleyball championships with Keating as head coach, and he was named NFHS National Coach of the Year for volleyball in 2003. He moved to Xavier as principal in 2004 and was named the National Catholic Educational Association’s Educator of the Year in 2010. Keating became president at Xavier in 2018. A longtime advisory committee member for the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, Keating served on the IHSAA’s Board of Control from 2008-18 and was chairperson in 2014-15. Keating was a 2003 inductee to the National High School Athletic Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame. He has been an adjunct instructor and authored five graduate-level courses for Drake University. Keating will replace Alan Beste, who previously announced he’d be retiring after serving as the executive director since 2015. Entering the tourney on a three game losing slide, Prohm looks for his team to rebound. === other Big Ten Tournament games today11:30 — #8 seed Ohio State vs. #9 seed Indiana2:00 — #5 seed Maryland vs. #13 seed Nebraska6:00 — #7 seed Minnesota vs. #10 seed Penn State MASON CITY – For the third time this season, NIACC freshman Mandy Willems has been selected as the NJCAA Division II national player of the week for the week of March 4-10.Willems, 5-9 guard from Ackley, helped guide the Lady Trojans to the Region XI title and a berth in next week’s national tournament. Willems was selected as the regional tournament MVP. She averaged 22.3 points per game in the three tournament wins.Willems scored 20 points in the tournament opener against Little Priest Tribal College. She scored 31 points, including eight 3-point goals, in the semifinal win over Iowa Central and scored 16 points in the championship against Kirkwood.Willems drained 15 3-point goals in the regional tournament and collected 11 rebounds.Willems also earned national player of the week honors during the weeks of Oct. 29-Nov. 3 and Feb. 25-March 3. She also was selected as the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference player of the week five times in the 2018-19 season. Tipoff is scheduled for 11:30 this morning Iowa faces 11th-seed Illinois, who beat 14th-seed Northwestern 74-69 in overtime last night. You can hear the Iowa-Illinois game on AM-1300 KGLO starting with the pre-game at 7:30 with the tipoff scheduled for around 8:30. CHICAGO — Iowa opens play as the six seed in the Big Ten tournament later this evening. Coming in on a four game losing streak, head coach Fran McCaffery knows is not ideal, but happens over the course of a season. McCaffery expects his team to respond in Chicago. TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO — Iowa men — Big Ten Tournament second round vs. Illinois — pre-game 7:30, tipoff 8:30 KANSAS CITY — Iowa State opens play later today at the Big 12 Conference basketball tournament in Kansas City against Baylor. Head coach Steve Prohm expects a big turnout from Cyclone Nation.