Webster Groves business gives students college alternative

Laptops and free coursework are up for grabs with the Digital Strike scholarship campaign

WEBSTER GROVES, Mo. — A Webster Groves business is partnering with Google to give high school graduates an alternative to traditional college.

Digital Strike is awarding 20 St. Louis area high school students computers and financing to complete a Grow with Google certificate. Grow with Google offers professional-level training in IT support, data analytics, project management, UX design and Android development. 

All courses are completed online and cost $39 per month. For the 20 St. Louis students selected by Digital Strike, their fees will be covered. 

Grow with Google coursework can be taken in conjunction with the traditional 4-year college degree curriculum. Chris Westmeyer is the President of Digital Strike Targeted Marketing and he hopes some students will see his company’s partnership with Grow with Google as an alternative to potentially expensive college classes. 


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Updated: New toll app offers alternative to E-ZPass transponder

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A Washington, D.C. area company is now offering an alternative to battery-powered transponders.

The Uproad app for IOS and Google aims to give drivers the ability to use all toll systems around the country. Uproad pays tolls, sends drivers alerts and allows users to calculate the cost of a road trip before beginning their drive.

blankIn January, Uproad added Delaware. It now has several states in the E-ZPass system on the East Coast.

The app can now pay tolls on four roads in Delaware, including the Delaware Memorial Bridge, Interstate- 95, SR-1 and US-301.

James Salmon, spokesman, for the Delaware and Bay Authority at first reported the app would not work on the bridge. It later turned out that neither the DRBA or the Delaware Department of Transportation have formally endorsed the app.

Uproad has signed up toll road systems in other states, including California.


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