Facebook Community Boost program coming to Omaha

June 14, 2018

Photo courtesy of Facebook Newsroom

On Friday, Facebook announced its Facebook Community Boost program will be coming to Omaha on October 2-4. The program is part of a pledge to train 1 million people and small business owners across the U.S. with the digital skills they need to compete in today’s workplace.

The announcement was made at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Boston and pledges that training will be completed by 2020.

Facebook Community Boost will visit 50 US cities by the end of 2018, and partner with and train more than 60 organizations in twelve US cities.

A Facebook press release said: “As our CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said, we want to make it easier for people to find jobs and grow businesses. According to recent predictions, the skilled labor shortage in America could create 85.2 million unfilled jobs by 2030.”

According to a Facebook press release, Omaha’s most current unemployment rate at 3.3 percent and recent predictions that a skilled labor shortage in America could create 85.2 million unfilled jobs by 2030.

Facebook said they are committed to helping close the skills gap and provide more people and business owners the educational resources needed to advance at work, find new jobs, or run companies.

“Local business owners in the US tell us that digital and social media expertise are important both to running their businesses and as a consideration when hiring,” said the press release. “In fact, a lot of business owners value a candidate’s digital skills above where they went to school.”

To successfully train 1 million people and small businesses owners, Facebook will expand its in-person training programs, create more local partnerships, and build more eLearning resources.