Workforce Recovery Initiative

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Facilitated by HTDC and the TRUE Initiative,

the Coursera Workforce Recovery Initiative by Coursera is an educational offering to assist with unemployment and upskilling.



This means that the user cannot enroll in NEW COURSES after October 31, 2020,
and it is set by Coursera so we will not be able to make any adjustments on your end.

Any courses enrolled in before October 31, 2020 will be accessible for free until December 31, 2020.


What is Coursera?

Coursera is an online learning platform that partners with top universities and organizations to offer courses online.

How the program works:

  • 3,800 courses and 400 Specializations available for free
  • Course Certificates offered for each course completed
  • Newly-enrolled learners will have through December 31, 2020 to complete their courses


Participant Feedback

Have you or your organization benefited from the Coursera Workforce Recovery Initiative?
Share your experience with us! Email

Coursera Workforce Recovery InitiativeMelissa Pavlicek, Hawaii Public Policy Advocates

Recommended Courses
1. Grow Your Business with Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women
2. Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

"Like a lot of entrepreneurs, we weren't confronted with a lack of ideas about how to survive the pandemic -- our problem was that we have too many ideas. Spreading too thin when resources are constrained resulted in our growth stalling. The first Coursera course I took gave us a feasibility checklist and helped us use an evaluation matrix to prioritize the opportunities with the greatest potential. The second course I'm taking is helping us implement a new diversity and inclusion program which will help our employees feel that we are taking timely, appropriate steps to address some of the systemic biases that are in the news. Finally, we are exploring pivoting our company to incorporate a greater technology focus. The time to plant seeds is not when we want to eat fruit, so working now with the expertise in the Coursera courses will set us up for the future."
Picture of Trung Lam, CEO of La Tour GroupTrung Lam, CEO, La Tour Group

Recommended Courses
1. Modern Robotics: Mechanics, Planning, and Control Specialization - Northwestern University

"There were so many great courses to choose from! After 15 years in management, I wanted to build up my engineering muscles. I'm just finishing up course 2 of a 6-course program, but so far it has given me a much clearer understanding of the complexities involved when designing robotic systems. Translating human movements of materials and products into something a robot can do is deceptively complicated. My focus is on using automation as a tool to turn low paying jobs in Hawaii into high paying jobs. In order for automation to succeed in Hawaii, we need to be able to handle troubleshooting and maintenance here instead of relying on outside technicians traveling to the state. Hawaii also has unique challenges that will require our own custom-designed automation to solve so we need to build the skilled workforce to meet those challenges."



  • How would I know if I am eligible?
    • Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis, with priority given to unemployed individuals
  • Is there a cost to participate or enroll?
    • No, there is no cost to participate or enroll in courses if you have been granted access, from now until December 31, 2020. However, there could be costs incurred, depending on the individual, from January 1, 2021.
  • How many course(s) 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 application form.
    • What is the difference between a course and specialization?
      • A course is a series of pre-recorded lectures, including quizzes and assignments. A specialization is a collection of related courses that offer a mastery around a certain topic.
  • What are some of the tech courses or tracks you would recommend?
    • Please check out our “Learning Tech” page for recommended courses


For other questions, please email