Employment and Jobs

Upskilling in the News: MCAAD and Coursera Launch Tuition-Free Online Skills Program for Underemployed Workers

March 10, 2022  • UpSkill America

UpSkill America is an employer-led movement to expand opportunity for America’s workers and allow our economy and communities to thrive. As part of our mission to advance the upskilling movement, we are pleased to share the following news.

Credit: The American Dream Academy

The Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream and Coursera, one of the world’s largest online learning platforms, launched The American Dream Academy, which will provide free certified skills training to 200,000 underserved Americans to advance social and economic mobility in the digital economy. The Academy will offer entry-level certificates created by some of America’s largest companies, including Google, IBM, and Meta, that equip learners who do not possess a college degree or technical experience for well-paying digital jobs in high-demand sectors. Learners who complete a certificate are eligible to receive up to 12 college credits from participating colleges and universities in the US, or the equivalent of four college courses at the associate’s degree level. The Academy’s program consists of three components: coursework that leads to a certification in an in-demand technical skill; coursework focused on workplace skills including communication, critical thinking, and developing a growth mindset; and learner supports, such as community initiatives, to help learners progress through the courses.


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#Upskilling in the News: @AdvanceTheDream and @coursera Launch Tuition-Free Online Skills Program for Underemployed Workers

[email protected] and @coursera recently launched The American Dream Academy, which will provide free skills training from companies like @Google, @IBM, and @Meta to 200,000 underserved workers.

“Our mission with this partnership is to give underemployed young Americans the opportunity… to prosper and work toward their ultimate dreams… We encourage businesses across America to join us and @coursera.” -Dr. Kerry Healey @AdvanceTheDream

“This type of institutional collaboration, offering skills training at no cost to underserved communities, will be critical to revitalizing the American Dream and building a more equitable workforce in the digital economy.” -Jeff Maggioncalda @coursera

“Every young adult should have the opportunity to succeed in their career, and The American Dream Academy will help thousands realize their full economic potential.” @LisaGevelber

“The National Black Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner on this nationwide initiative and create fantastic opportunities for economic mobility.” -Charles H. DeBow, III @NationalBCC


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