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State of Hawaii Wants to Help Residents Get Free Education Online with Coursera

Hawai’i residents have an opportunity to grow their knowledge-base and skillsets through the rest of 2020 thanks to a new program offered by the Hawai‘i Technology Development Corporation (HTDC). In order to help residents become more competitive in the workforce, whether they are unemployed or underemployed, HTDC is offering free education access to the Coursera online learning platform. Registration opened in late September and will stay open until October 31, 2020. Approved users can take their pick from more than 3,000 courses and certifications from top universities and organizations, ranging from technology to business and personal development offerings. HTDC is an agency of the Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism (DBEDT) and has partnered with the TRUE Initiative to bring the Coursera Workforce Recovery Initiative to Hawai‘i.

This initiative, administered through HTDC, offers educational resources to Hawai‘i’s workforce, especially unemployed workers, so they can equip themselves with technology skills and reposition for new career opportunities. Those currently employed or furloughed can leverage Coursera’s offerings to upskill themselves and take on more advanced technology projects. A list of HTDC recommended courses for those interested in picking up technology skills can be found on the HTDC website.
The State has up to 5,000 online learning licenses available that provide free access to courses, with preference to applicants who are unemployed. Approved users will have until December 31, 2020 to complete the courses they have enrolled in at no extra cost.  Applicants need to be a Hawaii resident to apply.
For more information and to apply visit HTDC’s website. Contact info@htdc.org for additional assistance. Find more info, including an FAQ, about the Coursera Workforce Recovery Initiative here.

Editor’s note: I gave the sign up a whirl (because why would anyone turn down any free education?), and it was very quick and easy. You just need to answer a few questions and provide an email address and phone number (as well as your LinkedIn page if you have one). They also ask where you heard about the program – be sure to tell them that BigIslandPulse sent you!

At the end, there is a Terms of Service page that points out that : “Due to limited capacity, HTDC reserves the right to remove Coursera access for any participant in the event that the participant does not: a) Join the program 7 days after receiving the invitation b) Enroll in any course(s) 7 days after joining the program, i.e. creating a Coursera account c) Remain active in any course(s) for more than 30 days after signing up. So, if you’re going to sign up, be prepared to be engaged, but as also mentioned in the Terms of Service, participants are free to withdraw from the program at any time.

For more great job development and learning opportunities offered by the state, check out Two Innovative Jobs Programs are Helping Relieve Tourism and Other Workers with Paid Training.


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