State agency offering unemployed free access to more than 4000 leading online courses – Sumter Item

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Congress still has not struck a deal on a federal unemployment supplement, but the state’s top employment agency is doing its best to offer help to those unemployed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recently, the state Department of Employment and Workforce announced it has partnered with a leading online learning platform to offer more than 4,000 professional courses at no cost to unemployment insurance claimants.

The agency and Coursera launched the Coursera Workforce Recovery Initiative in South Carolina for worker retraining and reskilling for those displaced from a job as a result of the pandemic.

According to a news release, the courses and certifications available on the platform are all designed by the world’s leading university and industry educators and cover numerous skillsets including business, technology, data science, health, social sciences and arts/humanities. Some of the courses include professional certificates, such as the Google IT Support Professional Certificate, designed specifically to train people to return to work in high-demand jobs in the