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Coursera to give free access to 3,800 online courses to unemployed workers

Coursera announced it will make 3,800 courses free for people who have lost jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Gizmodo reported. The Coursera Workforce Recovery Initiative is part of its Coursera for Government training program for government employees.

The aim of the initiative is to help impacted workers develop the knowledge and skills to get back on their feet, according to a Coursera blog post. You can’t apply as an individual for the free courses; government agencies that serve unemployed workers have to apply for access.

US states of Illinois, Arizona, and Oklahoma, as well as the governments of Colombia, Costa Rica, Greece, Malaysia, Panama, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan, will be the first to take the initiative available., as about 26 million people in the US have filed for unemployment in the past five weeks amid stay-at-home orders. Over the next few weeks, more US states and nations around the world will announce the initiative to their people.

The courses include company-specific training programs from Coursera partners like Google and IBM, as well as courses in the areas of cloud computing, emerging technologies, machine learning, big data, and other business-specific training.

“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,” Coursera CEO Jeff Maggioncalda told Forbes.

In an important step towards public and private sector partnerships, various government leaders have made the initiative available to their respective states and countries.

Earlier, Google and YouTube also launched new resource pages to help teachers and families continue to educate students under quarantine.

See also: USA Ban to Affect Tech Sector.

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