Career & Technical Education

Looking For Free Online Workforce Training Materials?  

RESPONDING TO COVID19 NEEDS:  Healthcare training resources on hygiene, infection control, and lab safety are and will continue to be critical to ensure all the stores, restaurants, cruise ships, healthcare offices, schools, libraries, and every workplace.   SkillsCommons has highlighted free and open training materials in these areas that you can reuse and revise as you wish to support your workplace training needs.

Online Teaching Resources by Hands-on Industries

Free Affordable Learning Materials

Work-based learners and students in CTE programs need learning resources that are affordable  (even FREE), aligned with industry needs, and connected with their prospective careers.  

Affordable Learning Solutions from SkillsCommons
SkillsCommons provides a FREE and open library of training materials, virtual labs, and general education materials that you can give your students to help them learn.  

Career and Technical Education Course Showcase
Explore the collection of Free online course curriculum organized by Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) codes, highlighted health care and facilities management resources to support responses to COVID19, and complete online certificate programs in various industry sectors.

Helping Industry Experts Become Better Instructors Online

Industry experts in healthcare and facilities management have the extensive content expertise that will critical in training a large workforce in techniques to lower the risks of a contagion in hotels, cruise ships, restaurants, stores, and more  A significant challenge for workforce development is that the industry experts can benefit from guidance on being an effective instructor.  

SkillsCommons offers three, FREE, self-paced, online mini-courses with the first course providing thirteen (13) 20-30 minute interactive modules to help jumpstart industry expertise as effective instructors.  Whether you are teaching face-to-face or online, these guidelines can help you teach your students and help learners acquire the skills that are critical for today’s workforce.

Supporting Women in Sustainable Employment

The WISE (Women in Sustainable Employment) Pathways is a career exploration course designed for women to explore non-traditional , in-demand jobs in the energy / utilities, construction, manufacturing, public safety, information technology and transportation industries. By completing all 16 sessions of the WISE Pathways program, women have the opportunity to learn about career paths, strategies in conflict management, team building, workplace expectations, resume creation, applying online, interviewing, and connecting with recruiters.

Supporting Apprenticeship and Work-based Learning Programs Online

Hands-on experiences learning the skills of the trade is critical for many industry sectors.  When apprentices can’t work at the side of knowledgeable co-worker, how can they continue to develop their skills?

SkillsCommons has organized a wealth of free online resources that the apprentices could review online and learn about safety requirements, watch videos by experts explain how to apply their trades, policies about business operations and customer relations, as well as soft skills to improve their workplace productivity and effectiveness 

Designing Effective Workforce Training Programs: Adopt Best Practices

Over 700 community colleges received a portion of a $1.9 Billion allocation from the U.S. Department of Labor’s TAACCCT program to build their capacity, improve their delivery, and innovate their workforce development programs. SkillsCommons has collected their instructional curriculum and program support materials for you to reuse and revise as you wish for FREE.

SkillsCommons also identified and showcases best practices in successful and innovative workforce programs. Explore these best practices and consider adopting those that meet your needs.

Aligning Workforce Programs with Industry Needs
Strategic alignment between community colleges, the public workforce system, and industries was an integral component to the TAACCCT initiative. Many states and regions created meaningful strides to better align these organizations.

Strengthening Student Services to Improve Outcomes
Student support services were crucial to helping students enroll, persist, and complete. A number of TAACCCT grantees implemented new procedures and policies delivered by new support staff, often known as navigators, success coaches, or career coaches.

Innovations to Improve Student Outcomes
New academic and industry credentials were created as well as innovative teaching methods designed to engage students in effective learning activities.