Illinois to Offer Free Virtual Job Training to Unemployed Residents

May 18, 2020

Illinois to Offer Free Virtual Job Training to Unemployed Residents

May 18, 2020, Last week, Illinois governor, J. B. Pritzker, announced the launching of a new online initiative aimed at getting Illinois residents back to work through virtual job training. The launch of the new online portal is called “Get Hired Illinois” that he believes will serve as a hub for Illinois residents to have access to virtual job fairs and gain free access to courses through Coursera.

Beginning in June, Illinois will become one of the first states nationwide to provide unemployed workers with free unlimited access to online courses. Illinois will provide 3,800 online courses and 400 specializations that will be available until the end of 2020.

“Through the Coursera Workforce Recovery Initiative, unemployed workers in Illinois will also have access to formal Professional Certificates, like the Google IT Support Professional Certificate, designed to train people without a college degree or any technical background for high-demand IT jobs,” Pritzker said.

Through this new program, unemployed Illinois residents can enroll in courses and training from institutions like the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Chicago and Northwestern University.

For more information on companies that are hiring, virtual job fairs and to view the new IDES resource, visit

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