Wednesday, October 07, 2020 Charleston County Library

CHARLESTON, S.C. - If you are South Carolina Unemployment Insurance claimant displaced from work due to COVID-19, thousands of professional online courses are available to you at no cost through the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce.

Eligible jobseekers now have the opportunity to bolster their job skills and participate in worker retraining and reskilling efforts through the Coursera Workforce Recovery Initiative Program.  The program offers over 4,000 courses and 400 specializations ranging from classes on Business, Technology, Data Science, Health, Social Sciences, and the Arts and Humanities.  Some of the courses, once completed, will include professional certificates, like the Google IT Support Professional Certificate.  These course program offerings valued at $399 annually are free to eligible UI claimants with some classes specifically designed to train jobseekers to return to work in high-demand jobs. 

This is an opportunity to build onto job skills and obtain professional certificates. 

Are you interested in this program? 

Here are some facts you need to know:

  • SC DEW invites Unemployed Insurance participants furloughed or laid off due to COVID-19 to participate and receive free access to the Coursera platform.
  • SC DEW is communicating specific registration information about the opportunity by email sent through the claimant portal.
  • To date, nearly 4,000 South Carolinians have registered to receive access to Coursera through the link provided.
  • The top classes in which South Carolina claimants are currently enrolled include:
    • Excel skills for Business
    • Technical Support Fundamentals (Information Technology)
    • Accounting: Principles of Financial Accounting
    • COVID-19 Contract Tracing
    • Introduction to Web Development
    • Programming for Everybody
    • Work Smarter; Not Harder; Time Management for Personal and Professional Productivity
    • Introduction to Data Analysis Using Excel
    • Better Business Writing in English
  • Classes are offered in several languages and are accessible by smart phone and tablets.


Here are some important Deadlines you need to know:

Claimants must register with Coursera by October 31, 2020

While participants may take an unlimited amount of courses, courses must be complete before the end of the year, December 31, 2020.

For more information, visit the SC DEW Website Link for the Coursera Workforce Recovery Initiative.  Preview the Coursera Learner Guide 2020 here.

Do you meet the criteria for participating in this program?  Do you need help applying for this program? If the answer is yes, visit any Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) open for in-person services to receive assistance.  CCPL locations are connection points for SC DEW.  As connection points, we provide internet computers for public use, free Wi-Fi and tools to guide jobseekers through the job search.

Not eligible for this program, but interested in building your job skills or job readiness by learning something new?   We have got you covered.  Check out the database and many other career preparation resources at the CCPL Website for your job-seeking needs. from LinkedIn is an online learning platform that helps account holders learn business, software, technology, and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. CCPL account holders have access to the video library of high-quality courses taught by industry experts. Subjects include game design, educational technology, content marketing, project management, UX, and web design. A valid library card is required to create a account.

With a little bit of practice and self-patience, you will be ready to take on the next steps in your future career.  If you would like more information about changing careers during difficult circumstances, assistance in finding resources, tips on how to get the job-hunting process started or more, please reach out to us at CCPL by email, chat or text.  You may also call us at 843-805-6930, leave a voice message, and a library staff member will return your call.  Remember, you are not alone.