Online education company Coursera offers unemployed workers thousands of free courses

cnbc | April 24, 2020

Online education company Coursera offers unemployed workers thousands of free courses
Education technology company Coursera is pulling down its paywall for unemployed workers to give people who have lost their jobs around the world free access to education, as well as the ability to earn credentials. The Coursera Workforce Recovery Initiative is teaming up with state governments in the U.S. and the leadership of countries around the world to offer 3,800 courses from top universities and corporations, including Amazon and Google.

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This white paper is a road map for ensuring success in your UCC (unified communications and collaboration) spaces. We’ll discuss five key ways you can maximize operations and reduce tech trouble in these environments. By the end, you’ll feel confident that you can empower even the most introverted person to contribute. Otherwise, you’re missing out on the incredible minds who are too shy — or just don’t know how — to join in.