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021815CM0660GRAYSLAKE – In light of record unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) announced the launch of a free online career training program for jobs in information technology. 

“Job training can be the key that unlocks greater economic opportunity for individuals,” Bush said. “We need to broaden access to affordable educational opportunities so Lake County residents can develop new skill sets and qualify for good-paying jobs.”

Through a partnership with the online learning platform Coursera, Illinois residents can now enroll in free virtual courses to provide training and certification. Illinois is one of the first states in the nation to make free online courses available to unemployed workers through the Workforce Recovery Initiative. Residents will have through September to apply online and enroll in over 3,800 industry-certified courses offered by accredited institutions. To receive credit, all courses must be completed by Dec. 31.

The state has also partnered with P33 and Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) to launch the TechReady Illinois training program. This program will provide training for in-demand fields within the information technology industry. Upon completion, enrollees will be certified in data and analytics, cloud computing, cybersecurity or software development. Residents can apply online for the TechReady program here. TechReady Illinois is not a free program like Coursera, but DPI is working secure discounts for enrollees.

If you are interested in career opportunities outside of information technology, Get Hired Illinois is an online job portal that has over 60,000 listings available in various industries.

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