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Facebook announces partnership with community colleges

 
Menlo Park Mayor Peter Ohtaki addresses an audience of people at Facebook's "Community Boost" program Aug. 27. (Photo courtesy of Facebook.)

Facebook announced on Aug. 27 that it is working with Canada College in Redwood City and Foothill College in Los Altos to develop a digital marketing certificate that will be offered through those community colleges.

The courses are expected to be available to students for enrollment in early 2019, and will teach students how to use Facebook and Instagram for business marketing, among other skills, said Facebook officials.

"We believe that our partnerships with CaƱada College, Foothill College and more than 20 community colleges across the US will contribute to digital marketing programs designed to meet many of these digital skills demands, and supply local small businesses a workforce that can contribute immediately to small business growth," the company said in an online statement.

Facebook is hosting a free "Community Boost" program this week that runs Monday, Aug. 27, through Wednesday, Aug. 29, and offers public training for local businesses about how to use its products and other skills.

The program is being held at Facebook headquarters and the Onetta Harris Community Center. It has conducted similar trainings in cities around the U.S. and reports visiting 30 cities since the initial version of the program was held in March in St. Louis.

Access more information or register for the Community Boost program here.

Kate Bradshaw

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