Online learning platform Coursera has opened its 3,800-strong catalog of courses to folks currently out of a job due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Federal, state, and local government agencies serving the unemployed can sign up to the firm's Workforce Recovery Initiative for free access to skills-building lessons.
Enrollment is open through Sept.
30, but organizations must fill out an online form to apply for access.
Workers have until Dec.
31 to complete their courses.
Through multi-language videos, assignments, and readings (available via the web, mobile device, or download), anyone can master time management, get a grasp on IT support, or become an app developer.
Additional features—program support, enhanced analytics, custom learning assistance, and private transcription—are available for a fee.
"Coursera for Government is designed for government agencies to provide reskilling and upskilling programs for entire communities," according to the program's FAQ.
"If your community has been impacted by COVID-19, please ask your government agency to submit their information on the website." The firm is providing up to 50,000 licences per impacted government.
Large nonprofits and NGOs dedicated to providing services to unemployed workers will be considered on a case-by-cases basis.
Individuals cannot sign up directly for the initiative.
"Coursera, along with its community of partners, is ready to serve the millions of workers who have lost their jobs and are going to have a hard time returning in a slow economy," CEO Jeff Maggioncalda said in a statement published by Forbes.
"We are honored to help U.S.
states and countries around the world in their efforts to alleviate the impact on communities hardest hit by the pandemic."
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The company also launched a global effort to assist college and university students during the pandemic.