Skilling Up in a Remote World
As we continue to adjust to social distancing and remote communications, it's more important than ever to know where to go – virtually – to sharpen your skills to keep up in this challenging job market. Below are resources to keep you skilled up and ready to learn and earn during these changing times.
Note: some free services have advertisements and may be free for a limited period of time.
Digital Communication Tools
Free Cell Phone
To see if you qualify, click here.
Free Texting and Phone Calls
There are several options to make free texts and calls from your smartphone. Keep in mind that some of the free apps listed here may only be available in Android or Apple formats, so make sure you check your app store to pick your best option. For more information about text messaging, click here.
Free Learning Opportunities
GED Preparation and Testing
For online help, click here.
Mayor's Office of Employment Development's Digital Learning Labs
For information about free computer training and support, click here.
Personalized learning resources for all ages
For information about Khan Academy's free access to practice exercises, instructional videos, and personalized, self-paced learning, click here.
Free Job Readiness
Job Readiness Resources
Mayor's Office of Employment Development Job Readiness Tools – Job search resources and registration for training options for employment and career development
Center for Urban Families
STRIVE (Support Training Results in Valuable Employees)
Baltimore Responsible Fatherhood Project
Enoch Pratt Free Library
Library card needed for these free services: Register Here
HelpNow – Access to expert tutors and other services
Digital Student Resources – Free online resources for different grade levels
JobNow Job Coaching – Job search support
eLibrary and Streaming Media – Access to eBooks, eMagazines, eAudiobooks
Grow with Google – Free training, tools, and resources to help you grow your skills, career, or business
St. Edward's Workforce Development Center
St. Edward's Web Page – Provides daily updates to resources on unemployment insurance, financial planning for stimulus checks, and job listings
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Maryland Dept. of Labor Programs – See individual programs for online options and check for eligibility for free training
Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Contact Tracing Course – Quickly learn required skills for the in-demand position
Mayor's Office of Employment Development Assistance – To get started on building a career and finding a job, click here to have an employment professional provide contact within two business days.