Joplin Job Center Offers Free Online Training Courses and Credentials

CompTIA and Coursera partnerships help job seekers skill up during COVID-19

The Joplin Job Center and the Missouri Office of Workforce Development have partnered with Coursera and CompTIA, two online learning providers to offer free, online education opportunities to Missourians.

Coursera partners with more than 200 of the world’s leading university and industry educators to offer courses teaching job-relevant skills in fields such as business, technology, and data science. Through this partnership, Missourians can also earn professional certificates from leading companies, like Google, IBM, and Facebook, that are designed to prepare people for high-growth, entry-level careers, including in IT support, data analytics, project management, and social media marketing.

One of the world’s largest nonprofit trade associations, CompTIA provides in-demand, on-demand information technology training to displaced workers in Missouri. Those who complete the CompTIA training will receive professional certification in one of three programs: CompTIA A+ (Information Technology), CompTIA Security+ (Cybersecurity) or CompTIA Project+ (Project Management).

In order to help the state of Missouri recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, CompTIA will deliver these three unique, mentored-learning training programs in a flexible and streamlined process, which can be completed in as few as eight weeks.

The success and impact of the MDHEWD-Coursera Workforce Recovery Initiative last year helped thousands of displaced workers skill up and get back to work.

With Coursera, Missourians have free access to 4,000 courses to develop high-demand digital and job-readiness skills as they look to find employment or advance their careers. Job seekers and students can earn certificates in everything from social media marketing to Excel skills, web development, the business of health care, IT security, and hundreds more.

Likewise, CompTIA is already helping Missourians start new careers in the IT industry.

CompTIA trains students with little-to-no information technology or project management experience and helps them develop the technical and soft skills to launch their IT careers. Offering both entry and advanced level IT and project management trainings, these programs are offered completely online, and at each student’s own pace. CompTIA will provide virtual mentorship and resources to help ensure success and completion of the programs.

To register, Missourians need to visit or to be contacted by a Job Center team member. Enrollment may be dependent on eligibility of Statewide WIOA, a benefits program designed to help unemployed and underemployed Missourians.

About the Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development: The department works to empower Missourians with the skills and education needed for success and to put Missourians on a path to learn, work, and prosper. More information about MDHEWD can be found at or on Facebook and Twitter @MoDHEWD.


Laura Laramore
Employer Relations and Engagement

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