Weber State University is offering flexible, short-term training courses and certificate programs to help prepare and enhance career opportunities in high-demand fields for those displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The classes are part of Utah’s Learn & Work educational initiative. The Legislature passed HB5010 to encourage career development and workforce engagement for those whose career paths were interrupted by the pandemic. The outreach and education initiative was created in partnership with the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), Talent Ready Utah and the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE). CARES Act funds are supporting the new and expanded programs and courses.

The Weber State courses and degrees are available both online and through continuing education, as well as at various colleges on campus. There are options in the fields of computer science, health, geospatial technology and business. The OCE courses are available at a low cost and participants will earn certificates and badges as proof of competency. Students who enroll in the WSU academic short-term training courses can apply for scholarship assistance.

The Learn & Work courses coincide with the launch of the university’s CS Flex program, which the College of Engineering, Applied Science & Technology (EAST) has been developing in coordination with industry partners for several years. The CS Flex format uses mastery learning and allows students to progress through 10 lower-division courses at their own pace that go toward earning an associate of applied science degree.

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