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WMCAT awarded $150,000 grant from Google

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West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology
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WMCAT offers free tech classes

WMCAT said the funds will go to support a cybersecurity, governance, risk and compliance pathway which will be free to adults in Kent County.

The West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (WMCAT) has been recognized by Google for its efforts to diversify the talent pool in tech industries.

WMCAT has been hosting career pathway programs for at-risk youth and adults for around 17 years. It’s newest adult training program focuses on tech and caught the attention of the industry giant.

Google awarded WMCAT $150,000 to further its initiatives creating employment and diversifying the tech talent pipeline. WMCAT was one of two groups in Michigan to receive the financial award. The second awardee being the Monroe County Opportunity Program.

“Google is proud to support the efforts of these institutions to provide tech-focused education to youth and adults across Michigan," Winton Steward, Head of Government of Affairs and Public Policy - Great Lake States, said. “Google has had a presence in Michigan for over 16 years, and we look forward to continuing our local partnerships to create a greater impact within the state.”

WMCAT said the funds will go to support a cybersecurity, governance, risk and compliance pathway which will be free to adults in Kent County.

“We know that right now economic opportunity is in technology,” Jamon Alexander, president and CEO of WMCAT said. “WMCAT is committed to connecting people to new educational and career pathways, diversifying the tech talent pipeline, and supporting inclusive growth in the region to ensure all families can thrive in the digital economy.”

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