The ongoing COVID-19 crisis has made a huge impact on the workforce leaving many jobless. And to assist them, Education Technology Company, Coursera is offering free classes for the unemployed workers by making 3800 courses online for free in along with 400 specializations. The effort launched by the Coursera community is to assist countries to reskill and help unemployed prepare for the high demand. Launched in 2017, The Coursera Workforce Recovery Initiative is a part of Coursera for Government training program for government employees.
The Coursera Workforce Recovery Initiative is teaming up with U.S. state governments and the leadership of countries around the world to offer 3,800 courses free from top corporations and universities, including Amazon and Google.
Professional Certificates available include SAS Programmer, Google IT Automation with Python, machine learning, big data, business-specific training are taught by some of the world’s leading universities like the Duke University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Yale University, University of Michigan and but also by companies like Google, Intel and IBM. Career paths for students include Cloud Architect, Business Analyst and Game Developer.
Enrollment is open for organizations through September 30, 2020, to enrol unemployed workers in courses. Newly-enrolled learners will have through December 31, 2020 time to complete their courses.
As online education has surged during these days, Coursera has added 10 million users in the past month especially courses in computer science, data science, business and health care. A course called “The Science of Well-Being” from Yale University now has been taken by 1.6 million people which had 500,000 enrollments before 2020.
With 56 million registered users around the world, Coursera has partnered with schools, colleges to offer free access to Coursera’s course catalogue. About 2,300 companies have subscribed to its professional learning program, according to Coursera CEO Jeff Maggioncalda, especially when it comes to computer science skills, data science skills, and leadership and management.
The program for unemployed workers is launching first in Arizona, Illinois, and Oklahoma in the U.S., and the governments of Costa Rica, Colombia, Greece, Panama, Ukraine Malaysia and Uzbekistan. The plan is to quickly ramp up to a dozen countries and a dozen states.