Free online learning now available to Missourians

 

The Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development (MDHEWD) and the Office of Workforce Development are expanding their partnership with the online learning platform Coursera, to offer free, online education opportunities to Missourians.

Coursera partners with more than 200 of the world’s leading university and industry educators to offer courses teaching job-relevant skills in fields such as business, technology, and data science. Through this partnership, Missourians can also earn professional certificates from leading companies, like Google, IBM, and Facebook, that are designed to prepare people for high-growth, entry-level careers, including in IT support, data analytics, project management, and social media marketing.The success and impact of the MDHEWD-Coursera Workforce Recovery Initiative last year helped thousands of displaced workers skill up and get back to work.

Missourians will have free access to 4,000 courses to develop high-demand digital and job-readiness skills as they look to find employment or advance their careers. Job seekers and students can earn certificates in everything from social media marketing to Excel skills, web development, the business of health care, IT security, and hundreds more.Coursera allows users to start classes at their own convenience and set work deadlines to accommodate other commitments. Missouri will offer free access to learning on Coursera through Summer 2022. To register, Missourians need to visit jobs.mo.gov/coursera, and click the “Apply Now” button to be contacted by a Job Center team member. Enrollment is dependent on eligibility of Statewide WIOA, a benefits program designed to help unemployed and underemployed Missourians.

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