Google announces $6 million grant for 4-H, $600 million Oklahoma expansion

Google announces $6 million grant for 4-H, $600 million Oklahoma expansion
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Google made some big announcements Thursday for Oklahoma and 4-H chapters across the country.

The data center in Pryor, Oklahoma will be going through its fourth expansion since opening in 2011. It’s one of the company’s largest data centers in the U.S.

Google will be investing another $600 million to expand the center and create another 100 jobs. This will bring the total investment to more than $3 billion and more than 500 jobs.

The technology giant is investing $13 billion in expanding data centers across the country. This week, the company announced investments in Michigan and a new data center in Texas.

Google also announced a 3-year, $6 million grant for computer science education for students in 4-H chapters in rural areas. The two have been working together since 2017 on a computer science curriculum.

The grant from Google.org is a part of the Grow with Google initiative. It will give students in Oklahoma and 25 other states access to the curriculum, training and devices to enhance coding skills.

“We are excited to build on our work with 4‑H with an additional $6 million grant to support computer science education in 4‑H chapters across the country,” said Sundar Pichai, Google CEO. “With this grant, we aim to help more young people develop their coding and leadership skills that will put them on a path for future success.”

“While talent is everywhere, opportunity is not,” said Jennifer Sirangelo, president and CEO, National 4‑H Council. “That’s why it’s so important to make sure young people everywhere have access to skill-building and mentorship opportunities that will inspire and empower them. This collaboration brings the opportunity to teach life-changing computer science skills to more young people across the country, giving them access to a productive and promising future.”

Learn more about your local 4-H Chapter: https://4-h.org/