St. Louis company offering free tech classes

The program promises to provide the equivalent of a college degree in about a year, which could lead to employment opportunities worth an average of $125,000 per year.

ST. LOUIS — Digital Strike, a Webster Groves-based marketing company, is looking for more students to train for free as part of a major growth initiative with Google.

The program promises to provide the equivalent of a college degree in about a year, which could lead to employment opportunities worth an average of $125,000 per year.

The courses covered about six Google courses, including website design, website user experience, and e-commerce. The courses are designed to remove barriers for students in need, sometimes those who cannot afford similar courses offered at other locations.

“We’re prosecuting students who can’t afford these fees,” said Digital Strike President Chris Westmeyer.

Courses often appeal to students who don’t necessarily see a traditional college education in their future, but still want lifelong learning and opportunity.

Taji Barr, 21, graduated from high school early, but an accident sidelined his school career. Last year, a friend suggested he apply for the Digital Strike course, and he is expected to complete the program in July.

“Honestly, it opened up my horizons for me,” Barr said. “I never thought I would be able to do this until a year ago.”

Barr said he’s really gotten into data analytics over the past year and hopes he can find a career that allows him to pursue his personal dreams. He is convinced that he has more tools to get there.

“I’m going to make my career,” Barr said. “I will take off.”

Barr said he didn’t think he would be accepted into the program because it sounded too good to be true, but he encourages anyone interested to apply.

Westmeyer said he was having a harder time filling the free course this year and still had a handful of places left.

The deadline to apply is July 15.

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