CHAMcoursera 060820PAIGN – State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is encouraging residents whose jobs were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to take advantage of a free online career training program for jobs in the information technology industry.

“The Workforce Recovery Initiative gives people the opportunity to add new skills to their resume,” Bennett said. “We will need workers who are prepared to fill jobs in some of our most essential industries as our economy rebounds from this crisis.”

Partnering with Coursera, an online learning platform, Illinois is one of the first states to make online job training courses free to residents through their Workforce Recovery Initiative. Now through September, residents can apply online to enroll in more than 3,800 industry-certified courses offered by accredited institutions. To receive credit, all courses must be completed by Dec. 31.

The state is also partnering with P33 and Discovery Partners Institute to launch another training program, TechReady Illinois. This program will provide training for in-demand fields in the information technology industry. Upon completion, enrollees will be certified in data and analytics, cloud computing, cyber security or software development. Residents can apply online for the TechReady program here. TechReady Illinois is not a free program like Coursera, but DPI is working secure discounts for enrollees.

If you are interested in career opportunities outside the information technology industry, Get Hired Illinois is an online job portal that has over 60,000 listings available in a variety of industries.

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