Information Technology & Job Readiness Courses

Get Started With Coursera


Coursera was founded in 2012 with a vision of providing life-transforming learning resources to anyone, anywhere. It is now a leading online learning platform where 60 million learners from around the world come to develop the career-relevant skills necessary to remain competitive in a rapidly changing job market. More than 200 of the world’s top company and industry educators partner with Coursera to offer courses and professional certificates aimed at preparing individuals for high-demand jobs. More than 2,400 organizations already trust the Coursera platform to train their employees. In partnership with Coursera for Governments and the Coursera Workforce Recovery Initiative, Coursera is providing Illinois dislocated workers with access to online courses at no cost through the end of the year. *

  1. Select "Access Your Free Courses" and log into or set up your Illinois workNet account.
  2. Coursera will send you an email within 2 business days. Register for free online courses by October 31, 2020.
  3. Log into Coursera and complete your courses by December 31, 2020.

*These courses are offered for free from Coursera and not paid for through the state of Illinois. Unemployment Insurance will not be affected by taking and completing courses through Coursera.

Continue Building Your Skills

Illinois Community College Board

Once you complete your courses, continue your training by completing courses at your local community college.

Illinois community colleges serve multiple missions – from workforce training, to transfer programs, to community enrichment. Affordable programs offer flexible scheduling, work-based learning, and stackable credentials, Associate Degree programs that provide a pathway from education and employment to transfer.  Programs are designed for recent high school graduates, returning adults, unemployed, underemployed, veterans, and incumbent workers.

Find courses at your local community college

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