WORKFORCE RECOVERY INITIATIVE (WRI)

The Bergen County Job Center has partnered with Coursera on its Workforce Recovery Initiative. Coursera’s Workforce Recovery Initiative provides our clients with free access to over 3,800+ online courses and training modules, from top universities and companies, designed to upskill workers to re-enter the workforce.

How the Workforce Recovery Program Works

  • 3,800 courses and 400 Specializations available for free
  • Course certificates are offered for each course completed at no cost
  • Program participation must be requested by October 29, 2020 (Program Request Form)
  • Course enrollment is open through October 31, 2020
  • Enrolled learners have through December 31, 2020, to complete their courses. If learners do not complete courses by December 31, they will have the option to continue their progress in audit mode (without certificate) or through a paid option (with certificate).

What is Coursera?

Coursera is the world’s premier learning platform (or MOOC – Massive Open Online Courses). It brings online educational content from the best universities and industries in an easy-to-use online platform. We at Coursera envision a world where anyone, anywhere can transform their life by accessing the world’s best learning experience.

Why learn on Coursera? While learning on Coursera you will…

  • Learn new skills to help you excel in your current role.
  • Help prepare for your dream job.
  • Refresh your education & keep your competitive edge.
  • Become better informed on a variety of topics.
  • Access content from 160+ universities & 30+ industry partners.
  • Be part of a community of over 50+ million global learners.

How to Get Started

To become a Coursera Learner under the Bergen County Job Center Workforce Initiative, complete the Participation Request Form by October 29, 2020.

Once approved, you will receive a series of emails within two (2) business days, directly from Coursera, asking you to complete your Coursera registration and start learning.

IMPORTANT: If you already have a Coursera account, you should use a different email address. Although you can link accounts, you may experience difficulties logging in or signing up. Either way, you must wait for the email invitation to join the Bergen County Job Center learning program before creating (or connecting) your Coursera account. View the sign-up instructions.

Limited spots are available. Bergen County residents, veterans, and unemployed individuals receive priority for acceptance in the program.

Coursera Workforce Recovery Initiative courses are offered for free, from Coursera, and not paid by federal or state workforce funds. Coursera is NOT an NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development approved “training program” or “training provider”, and has no effect on unemployment insurance benefits. Regarding Coursera, unemployment recipients should answer “NO” on your initial application or during the weekly certification when asked about school attendance.

For more information about this and other Job Center programs, contact us at (201) 329.9600.

Watch the recorded webinar to learn more about the program and how it works.

Participation Request Form

You have until October 29, 2020, to request program access by completing this form.

This is the first step. Once the form is submitted, you will receive an invitation from Coursera (within two days) to begin enrolling.

Program FAQ

How would I know if I am eligible?

Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis, with priority given to Bergen County residents, veterans, and unemployed individuals.

Is there a cost to participate or enroll?

No, there is no cost to participate, enroll in courses, or to receive certificates if you have been granted access to the Workforce Recovery Initiative (WRI) program. WRI Learners have complimentary access until December 31, 2020. However, participants will be personally responsible for any paid features if they wish to continue beyond that date.

How many courses can I enroll in simultaneously?

You may enroll in as many courses as you wish. Please note that a minimum level of commitment is necessary for you to remain in the program. This is specified in the Terms and Conditions section of the participation request form.

Additional Help Links

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