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Monroe County Opportunity Program receives $150K from Google

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At MCOP's free summer program, The Clubhouse, local youth learn cooking basics like making BLT sandwiches with marbled bread and adding healthy options like mango and/or pineapple.

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At MCOP's free summer program, The Clubhouse, local youth learn cooking basics like making BLT sandwiches with marbled bread and adding healthy options like mango and/or pineapple.
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The Monroe County Opportunity Program was one of two organizations in Michigan to receive a grant from Google.

MCOP and the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology each received $150,000 for workforce development programs.

“(These organizations) will use funds to educate at-risk youth and adults and provide technology programs to diversify the talent pool,” a press release read.

MCOP will use the money to support programs that provide life skills to young people at risk. Young people participate in emergency food distribution, mentor young children and cultivate community gardens.

The grant from the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology will help its adult vocational training program.

“Google is proud to support the efforts of these institutions to provide technology-focused education to Michigan’s youth and adults,” said Winton Steward, Chief of Government Affairs and Public Policy – Great Lakes States. “Google has had a presence in Michigan for more than 16 years, and we look forward to continuing our local partnerships to create greater impact within the state.”

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