- Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development
Media Contact for MassHire Career Centers partner with Coursera to Offer around 4,000 Online Workforce Training Courses and Certifications
Charles Pearce, Director of Communications, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development
Boston, MA — The MassHire career centers have partnered with Coursera, an online learning platform, to offer around 4,000 courses and certifications to all those requiring unemployment services in the Commonwealth. Many of the courses are designed specifically to train people to return to work in high-demand jobs and can help to bolster resumes and earn professional certificates. Coursera is offering more than 50,000 free licenses to individuals who are unemployed due to covid.
Individuals who are unemployed due to COVID-19 are able to participate and receive free access to the Coursera platform. There is no limit to the number of courses an individual can take. The Coursera partnerships gives unemployed workers access to education and training that may not have otherwise been available due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
If a job seeker would like to register for a Coursera class, they should reach out to their local MassHire Center through www.mass.gov/masshire to find the closest location. The deadline to receive a free license is Deceember 09, 2020.
To date, over 10,000 unemployed individuals set up an account in Coursera. The most popular classes completed were in COVID-19 Contact Tracing, Technical Support Fundamentals, Introduction to Google Docs, Work Smarter, Not Harder: Time Management for Personal and Professional Productivity, Introduction to Project Management, Programming for Everybody (Getting started with Python) and Excel Skills for Business. Individuals completing the COVID-19 Contact Tracing course are being recruited in the hiring process to fill hundreds of new positions coming online over the coming months.