Free online courses offered by the state

Tennessee workers displaced by the economic disruption caused by COVID-19 can enroll in free online classes to advance their skill set. The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development has partnered with Coursera, one of the world’s leading online learning platforms, to help Tennesseans skill up and get back to work.

The success and impact of the TDLWD-Coursera Workforce Recovery Initiative program last year helped thousands of Tennesseans learn critical, job-relevant skills.

Through the Coursera Workforce Recovery Initiative, unemployed Tennesseans have free access to 4,000 courses that will help them develop the knowledge and skills needed to find meaningful employment.

Coursera partners with 200 of the world’s leading university and industry educators to offer courses teaching job-relevant skills across business, technology, and data science.

Through this partnership, Tennesseans can earn professional certificates from leading companies like Google. These courses are designed to prepare people with no degree or technology background for entry-level careers in high-growth fields such as IT Support, Project Management, UX Design, and Data Analytics.

With 4,000 courses available, Tennesseans can acquire a wide range of skills through Coursera. Students can earn certificates in everything from social media marketing to Excel skills, web development, the business of health care specialization, and IT security.

Coursera allows students to start most classes at their convenience and set work deadlines that accommodate their other time commitments.

To register, Tennesseans need to create an account with Once they have an account, they can send an email with their name and phone number to to start the enrollment process.

Tennessee will offer free access to learning on Coursera Classes through December 31, 2021. You can learn more about the courses offered and how to enroll by following this link: